Guidelines Sick Leave

Everything you need to know about the Sick Leave Regulations in The Netherlands

Sickness means, as a result of a physical or mental condition, as defined in Article 7:629 of the Dutch Civil Code (BW), the Employee is not able to perform or fully perform the work agreed to during the term of employment.

Reintegration [reintegratie] means working towards full recovery (if possible) and is the main objective during the Sickness Absence.

The law sets all sorts of obligations for both the employee and the Employer to facilitate as much as possible the speedy recovery of the Employee. Each company has to have a Sickness Absence Policy outlining the expectations and obligations of Employer and Employee during Sickness Absence, in accordance to the Permanent Incapacity Benefit (Restrictions) Act.

Since Dutch employment law regarding employee illness is quite complex, it is important to know the mandatory steps what to do in case of Sick Leave. This guide will give you an outline of the entitlements, mandatory steps and how to manage (long term) illness for employees in the Netherlands.

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