Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 11:36
Temps get better access to permanent jobs
From July 1st this year temporary workers will be entitled to a transition allowance if a contract is not renewed by an employer after at least two years of employment. This is to ensure that temporary workers, such as seasonal workers in the hospitality or leisure sectors, are rehired instead of the employer hiring other temps. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) wrote this in a letter to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament). He thinks it is important that employees in these cases can keep their jobs, instead of being replaced. The transitional arrangement will only apply to temps employed from July 1st, 2012. This build up of transition compensation will prevent employers from not rehiring temporary workers. The employer will not have to pay the transition compensation immediately if he can guarantee that he will employ the temp again within 6 months. If a temporary employee is offered a permanent contract on or after July 1st and it is within a 6 month period after the expiry of the temporary contract, the period between July 1st, 2012 and July 1st this year will be seen as temporary contracts that succeeded each other within a maximum period of 3 months. This gives the employee the security of a permanent contract.