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Paid time off

In the Netherlands, full-time workers (40 hours a week) are legally entitled to a minimum of 20 days (four weeks) of paid vacation per year. This is calculated by multiplying the amount of hours worked each week by four. Many businesses provide more than the required number of days of annual leave, with 24 and even 32 days being common.

Employers are required to pay at least 8% of an employee's gross salary as a holiday bonus. In most cases, the bonus is paid in May or June.

Public holidays

There are eight official public holidays in the Netherlands.

Sick days

In the Netherlands, the minimum sick leave allowance is a payout of 70% of their most recent income amount, up to a limit of two years. This is a generous privilege that reflects the social policy of the Netherlands. Some employers would also cover the entire salary.

Maternity leave

Mothers-to-be are entitled to 4-6 weeks of paid leave before giving birth and 10 weeks of paid leave after giving birth.

If an employee takes less than 6 weeks of paternity leave before giving birth, the remaining time (up to 2 weeks) can be added to her maternity leave after the baby is born.

If the baby is born after the due date, the employee's maternity leave may begin after the actual birth and can last longer than 16 weeks.

Employers may apply to the Employee Insurance Agency on behalf of their employees for a maternity allowance (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV).

Paternity leave

If an employee's wife has a child, the employee is entitled to one week of paternity leave following the birth. The amount of working hours in a week is referred to as paternity leave. This paid leave can be taken at any time within the first four weeks after the child's birth. During this time off, the employer is required to pay the employee 100% of his or her salary.

Employees will now be entitled to 5 weeks of unpaid leave in the first 6 months after birth as of July 1, 2020. Employees who take unpaid leave will be entitled to demand up to 70% of their wages from the Employment Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV).

Parental leave

Parents with children under the age of eight are eligible for parental leave, which allows them to spend more time with their children. In most cases, parental leave is unpaid; however, certain employers may pay a portion of the salary during this period. Every week, each parent is entitled to 26 hours of vacation.

Other leave

Adoption leave: 6 weeks: Employers may apply to the Employee Insurance Agency on behalf of their employees for an adoption leave payment (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV).

Emergency leave and other short-term absence leave: intended for unexpected personal situations that require an employee to take time off right away, such as making plans for the treatment of a sick family member or a death in the family. You must always approve an emergency leave request if it is appropriate. During this time off, the employee is responsible for continuing to pay the employee's wage.

Short-term care leave: A maximum of two times an employee's working hours in a 12-month period: The employer continues to pay 70% of the employee's salary during the leave period. They pay the minimum wage if this is less than the minimum wage.

Long-term care leave: A maximum of 6 times an employee's working hours in a 12-month period: The employer is not required to continue paying the employee's wages during this time off.

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