Workshops Dutch Labour Law & HR Workshops Dutch Labour Law & HR

We offer workshops in the learning path Dutch labour law and HRM for contemporary management. Additionally, we offer two other one-day workshops: 'The Good Employer' and 'HRM in transition'.

As a non-Dutch speaking manager or HR-professional working in an international company based or with activities in the Netherlands you know well what to do in your own field of expertise, but you may experience challenges in the field of Dutch labour law and personnel management in the context of Dutch labour relations. Or you are looking for a ‘refresher’, in view of all the current and coming changes in Dutch labour law and HR practices.

In addition, you and your organization might have started to march towards contemporary views on leadership and organization, with attention to the autonomy of employees and teams and the value of people above that of the system.

At the same time you have to work with HR instruments and approaches that are sometimes largely based on traditional HR policy. You have to deal with the rules of Dutch labour law and a possibly applicable collective agreement, which often are at least slightly ‘at odds’ with contemporary approaches – and sometimes even go against them.

You need insights into how you can deploy both traditional and contemporary HR instruments to the challenges for yourself and for your organization. You wish to do this in a small group setting that allows for enough individual attention and where solutions may be provided for the cases that you have.

Develop your knowledge with one of our workshops.

Learning path Dutch employment “Law and HR for contemporary management”

This learning path consists of seven modules that can be followed separately.

Module 1: One-day workshop "Dutch employment law for contemporary management (Basic)"

In the basic workshop the focus is on the basics of Dutch labour law and its application. We reflect on the most recent developments in legislation, court decisions and regulations.

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Module 2: One-day workshop "Contemporary HR in the Netherlands" (Advanced)

In this workshop the focus is on contemporary HR philosophies, tools and approaches and their practical application in relation to Dutch labour law.

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Module 3: One-day workshop "Illness and reintegration in the Netherlands"

As a manager you have to deal with sick leave of employees, sometimes with long-term outages. In the Netherlands then the Gatekeeper Improvement Act (Wet Verbetering Poortwachter) will result in a number of, mainly time-dependent, obligations that must be met to prevent any wage sanction from the government agency called UWV.

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Module 4: One-day workshop "Performance Management, incl. file building, in the Netherlands"

Does the current performance assessment system still fit into this time? In the Netherlands people have to keep working longer and longer. In the meantime, their knowledge is aging much faster, so a company must focus on continuous training. But that is not integrated in the current remuneration and assessment system that is based on the idea that you can monitor and control employees.

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Module 5: One-day workshop "Organizational change, reorganization, merger and takeover in the Netherlands"

Many organizations feel compelled to reorganize, due to financial pressure or for other business reasons. That is a complex job for all involved: management, HR and employees. You have to deal with the rules of Dutch labour law and a possibly applicable collective agreement, which are often "at odds" with contemporary approaches - and sometimes even go square against them.

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Module 6: One-day workshop "Industrial relations in the Netherlands (Works Council and trade unions)"

In general, employees in the Netherlands have a strong position and a prominent position, fulfilled by the employee participation body. As a manager in an international company based in the Netherlands you may be a director of your organization - and from that position you are automatically dealing with the employee participation body, the Works Council (Ondernemingsraad, OR) or staff representation (Personeelsvertegenwoordiging, Pvt) for whom you are a discussion partner.

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Module 7: One-day workshop “Flexible labour relations in the Netherlands”

Many organizations in the Netherlands work with a "flexible shell". Self-employed workers and temporary workers are often hired to eliminate peak moments or to work on specific assignments. However, the rules concerning the hiring of temporary work, the deployment of temporary workers and freelancers are complex and labour law is constantly changing, most recently with the introduction of the Labour Market in Balance Act (WAB) which applies since 2020.

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One-day workshop “The good employer”

This workshop focuses on three important HR themes that we see make up three quarters of the daily practice of personnel management in many organizations: performance and behaviour issues, labour conflicts and illness and reintegration. For all sectors, but also specifically for government, healthcare, education and other sectors, also in collaboration with various industry and professional organizations.

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One-day workshop “HRM in transition”

In this workshop you will get an overview of new forms of organizing and new leadership, with a focus on the appropriate HR structures, tools and practices. This course is well suited for (HR) managers or entrepreneurs who strive for new forms of leadership and organization and who want to move towards contemporary and innovative HR management. For all sectors, in collaboration with various industry and professional organizations.

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One-day workshop “Global Labour Laws Western European countries & USA”

In this one-day workshop of max. 6 participants we will focus on employment laws in Western European countries, the US and an additional country of your personal choice. This workshop, with its overview of the employment laws of a number of countries that are relevant for yourself and the other participants, equips you to provide the right (HR) leadership and take prudent decisions related to people and management.

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