3 Legal tips for start-up companies to attract talented employees in a tight labour market. In a tight job market, it can be difficult to attract talented employees for start-ups. Apart from being innovative, fast paced and dynamic, the salary and benefit package can be…
BWK Partners is specialised in the field of employment law and employee benefits. With a broadly-based labour law practice, we support employers, directors, employees and works councils with regard to:
- individual dismissal cases
- reorganisations and mass redundancies
- employment conditions (changes, harmonisation, collective labour agreements)
- corporate acquisitions and transfers of undertaking
- social insurance law (Unemployment Insurance Act (WW), Sickness Benefits Act (ZW) and Work and Income (Capacity for Work) Act (WIA))
- share option schemes
- worker representation law (Works Councils)
- accidents at work & occupational diseases
- management remuneration & corporate governance
- equal treatment (anti-discrimination) regulations
- expat activities
On 10 October 2017, the newly formed government of the Netherlands presented the so-called Coalition Agreement 2017. Following the Dutch elections, the Coalition Agreement is an arrangement between the coalition parties on new plans, reforms and budgets. A Coalition Agreement only entails proposals on headlines that bind the new government. The actual legislative proposals will be drafted and submitted in the coming period of government. The Dutch Senate and the House of Representatives still have to decide on the contents of the Coalition Agreement. Nonetheless, the Coalition Agreement already is a determining guideline for the legislative proposals that we can expect. We have highlighted the relevant issues for Dutch labour law purposes.
On 1 February 2017, labor lawyer Nicky de Groot has joined BWK Partners Attorneys in Amsterdam as a senior associate. Nicky has been practicing as a labor lawyer since 2011 and she has joined BWK after having worked for VWM Taxand and Doorn en Keizer….
On 22 December 2016, Dutch private equity firm Synergia, together with management, acquired The Human Network Group from its founders. Through 15 specialised subsidiaries, The Human Network employs over 350 professionals who are seconded in the field of ICT, Business Development, HR and Learning. Hans…
Amsterdam 26 October 2016. BWK Partners Attorneys in Amsterdam has assisted WABCO Vehicle Control Systems with the reorganization of its subsidiary WABCO B.V. including the shutdown of its local production facility in Meppel, the Netherlands. The listed company WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is…
On 1 July 2016, the House for Whistleblowers Act (Wet Huis voor klokkenluiders) has come into effect in the Netherlands. This legislation stipulates that Dutch companies with 50 employees or more have to adopt a whistleblower policy. Such a policy has to provide the rules…
A group of companies that establishes a Central Works Council, whereby the regular Works Council of a subsidiary appears to be circumvented, does not constitute an abuse of law. This has been ruled by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal on 18…
In November 2014, a majority stake in Fred de la Bretonière was sold to Dutch investment fund Karmijn Kapitaal. Fred de la Bretonière is the enterprise of the succesful Dutch designer of shoes, boots and and hand bags with the same name. The company is growing rapidly in the Netherlands and abroad….
The end of 2014 is not too far away, and this means that the new Work and Security Act (WWZ) will soon enter into force. Various changes to current legislation relating to probationary periods, non competition clauses and notification periods will become effective on 1…
A disabled employee may, if he is still more than 35% disabled following the expiration of the employer’s obligation to continue payment of salary (maximum of three years), qualify for benefits pursuant to the Work and Income (Capacity for Work) Act (WIA). If, while in receipt of WIA benefits, the employee continues to perform suitable work, the income from this suitable work will be deducted from his WIA benefits.