Module 7: One-day workshop “The Employment Contract: Permanent and Flexible"

In this workshop we discuss the diversity of employment contracts, from permanent to flexible. We also consider the diversity of clauses that can be included – think of zero hours, min-max, permanent, and self-employed contracts and probation, non-competition and confidentiality clauses, the different options are vast!

We discuss the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of the options, and consider the use of contracts and clauses within organisations, based on contemporary notions of good employment practices.

Keeping to our #PeopleFirst approach, we will do this in a way that suits you, your values, ambitions, and challenges – and those of your organisation!


The following topics will be covered in this workshop:

Contractual provisions:

  • The role of the employment contract and creating certainty during contract formation, within the context of protecting foundational rights for both employer and employees alike;
  • The legal requirements of job & role descriptions;
  • What are the legal “ins & outs” of the different forms of employment contracts – permanent vs flexible and knowing where and when to use which contract?
  • We will discuss provisions and stipulations pertaining to:
  • probationary & trial periods;
  • non-competition, non-solicitation & confidentiality clauses and financial penalties;
  • non-solicitation of customers and/or employees;
  • to what extent can employment conditions be changed unilaterally?
  • can employees be taxed for study costs?
  • remuneration in case of illness, reintegration obligations & vacation during illness, among others.

Flexible Contracts:

  • In the context of flexible contracts, we will discuss, among others:
  • fixed-term employment contracts, on-call, min-max, temporary agency workers, secondment, apprenticeship/employment contract, internship contract, payrolling, labour pools, contracting and freelance contracts (‘contract agreement’); and
  • which method of hiring personnel best suits your organisation and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the different options?

With the implementation of the “Transparent and Predictable Employment Conditions” Act, with effect from 1 August 2022 (based on a European Directive), the above has become of particular importance for companies to consider and review the contracts used for permanent and flexible employment, to ensure compliance with legislative provisions and pursue being a good employer.


After completing this course, you will:

  • have an overview of the different forms of employment contracts, various terms and conditions with their characteristics, and be able to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each; and
  • be equipped with practical tools for the design and possible adjustment of the contracts your organisation currently uses to ensure legislative compliance.


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. 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, followed by Module 2.

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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