Working in the Netherlands

Working in the Netherlands

Difference between to confirm (aanzeggen) and termination (opzeggen) of employment

With the new Dutch Work and Security act it is important that managers in the Netherlands understand the difference between to confirm (aanzeggen) or terminate (opzeggen) employment.

Procedure: confirmation of the ending of  the temporary employment (contract)

Issue a confirmation in writing  to the employee about the ending of the employment 1 month before the contract ends.

When is confirmation that the (temporary) employment (contract) will end applicable

  • Only applicable on temporary contracts of 6 moths and longer,
  • Not applicable on temporary contracts without a determined end date,
  • There is no further steps to be taken after the confirmation to end the employment,

Procedure if confirmation was not issued

  • The employment ended but the employee is entitled to a month salary.


Ending of an employment contract


  • When a contract is ended before the specified ending date,
  • Employment contracts for indefinite period.

Procedure to end the employment contract

There is two ways that employment contract can be terminated:

  1.  Confirmation of the UWV ( Poor working performance and incapacity),
  2.  Mutual agreement between employer and employee.

Click here for a Dutch Labour Law case where the employer unlawfully ended an employment contract before the end date.







Andre Beukes LLM

Andre Beukes LLM

André Beukes is an EU Management Consultant to international companies doing business in Europe. He provides clients with practical business support that makes a real difference doing business in the EU. “Put simply, I am here to help you meet your challenges. I believe in the importance of doing things correctly, meaning risks are reduced and problems are avoided.”

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