In this workshop the focus is on the basics of Dutch Labour Law and its application.

More importantly, we also focus on practical solutions that are in alignment with your, and your organisation’s values, ambitions, and challenges – and how to navigate the intricacies of the legal requirements whilst remaining true to the intricacies that involve sound HR practices and protocols.

We reflect on the most recent developments in legislation, court decisions and regulations. You will gain both theoretical and practical insight into the legal aspects of employment relationships and the traditional HR instruments.


The following questions on Dutch Labour Law & HRM will be addressed in the workshop:

Search & Selection of Employees:

  • What is my role in recruitment & selection?
  • How do I collaboration between the HR department (if there is one) and management?
  • What is required for job evaluation and remuneration?

Employment contracts:

  • What are the legal stipulations of the different types of employment contracts, with attention to flexible forms of employment (temporary, on-call, min-max, temporary agency workers, and self-employed workers)?
  • What are the requirements regarding common clauses such as confidentiality, a non-competition and non-solicitation clauses, and probation periods?

Performance Management & Disciplinary measures:

  • What are the requirements for a conversation regarding the performance and behaviour of employees?
  • What is the relationship between performance and development goals?
  • What are the requirements for file formation in the event of dismissal?
  • What is the role of the manager and the HR department in the (preparation of) dismissal procedures for submission to the UWV and/or sub-district courts?

Industrial Relations – Works Council & Labour Unions and dismissal on economic grounds:

  • What is the role of management and HR in reorganisations/restructurings?
  • What are the requirements pertaining to redeployment obligations, social plans, choice of dismissal, role of seniority and the so-called principle of reflection (afspiegelings beginsel)?
  • What role do management and HR play towards employee participation bodies and/or trade unions?
  • How do I deal with conflict in the sphere of employee relations (if and when they arise)?

Managing leave and illness:

  • What are the rules and customs regarding holidays, (informal) care leave, (un)paid and emergency leave?
  • How do I deal with illness & reintegration?


After completing this course, you will:

  • know the basics of Dutch Labour Law, its most current developments, and its application in employer/employee relations;
  • know how to apply the above in practice in alignment with yourself, your values, ambitions, and challenges – and those of your organisation; and
  • be equipped with tools for a solutions-driven approach, provided by both the trainer/legal expert and the other participants, regarding practical examples so you can, ultimately, be more effective and provide results for your organisation.


To register, complete the form below!

Workshop location

The workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Villa Mollerus (Mollerusstraat 1) in Baarn, 10 m. walk from Baarn train station, circa 30 min. from Amsterdam and Utrecht. Parking is free. The workshops always include an extensive lunch, in the same building.

‘On location’ workshops are hybrid, i.e. they allow for online participation as well, which works well given the fact that we work in small groups (maximum number of 8 participants). The prices for the on-site and online workshops are the same.


This one-day workshop is one of seven modules of the Learning path Dutch labour law and HRM for contemporary management. We also offer this workshop as an in-company or as a one-on-one session, customized to the needs of your organization and yourself. 

Dates in 2024

Your investment

There is no prescribed order for completing our Dutch Labour Law & HR programme though it is advisable to start with Module 1 as it deals with the basics of Dutch Employment Law.

You can also book this course as a one-day workshop. Investment: € 997 excluding VAT (including reading materials, lunch, tea/coffee) payable in advance.

Included is a 30-minute to one-hour personal intake & advice session (online) – remember, it’s all about you!

If your branch, professional or network organisation has a cooperation agreement with us, a discount may be applicable. Indicate this under remarks during registration, making reference to your organisation.


We provide a ‘Certificate of Achievement’.


The course was extremely useful – I feel a lot more informed and confident to purse matters in the workplace. I like the approach – not ‘death by powerpoint’! Was never boring. About the trainer: 10/10, very easy to listen to, engaging and relaxed. I like the inclusion of group experience and advice too.

Janine Smith


Really useful course for my work. I work in HR in the Netherlands for a mid-large size company. It really showed me areas we aren’t doing things correctly, and where we can improve.

Jeanie Edwards

Backbase B.V.

I appreciated that the trainer could share his rich experience in Dutch employment law and that we could discuss specific practical examples in a small group of participants.

Kerstin Herzog

Brunswick EMEA

Content was well paced and all suitable for application in an HR setting. Arthur was a very good trainer in that he not only explained what the law states but he also gave some very good examples that were easy to grasp and see how the law is applied. (10/10 via Springest)

Tessa Marie van Avendonk

Corinthia Hotel, HR Manager

It was an amazing training day filled with essential Dutch employment topics and we were able to address personal workplace scenarios to help us navigate our policies/new approaches right away. Arthur was a great with many insights. I would highly recommend! facilitator with many insights. I would highly recommend! (10/10 via Springest)

Cassandra Rodenhurst

SilverFlow, HR Manager

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