What are the Leaves of Absence types in the Netherlands?

Statutory Leaves of Absence arrangements

Leaves of Absence is regulated under the Work and Care Act   [Wet Arbeid en Zorg] in the Netherlands, hereinafter referred to as: the WAZO. This Act defines the right to leave and the right to payment.

Statutory Leaves of Absence

  • Pregnancy and maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Calamity Leave
  • Short-term Care Leave
  • Long-term Care Leave (for example Informal Care Leave in Dutch Mantelzorg)
  • Adoption Leave
  • Sick Leave

Special Leave

Besides leaves regulated under the WAZO there are more leave types: Special Leave. Special Leave is not based on law, but on general country specific common practice. Examples of Special Leave are:

  • Leave for relocation.
  • Leave for wedding of Employee, parents and inlaws.
  • Leave for exams, study.
  • Bereavement leave.

Per type of Special Leave, the amount of leave days can be established based on the company regulations.

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