Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wants to modernize the law to make it illegal to chat to kids about sex online or via apps like WhatsApp, he wrote to the Tweede Kamer on Monday. He wants to make tougher action against possible child sex offenders possible
Dutch parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven called for an end to the phrase “by the grace of God,” used when bills are signed into law by King Willem-Alexander. The D66 MP calls it a clear violation of separation of church and state, and she thinks a majority of MPs agree with her.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem believes that ABN Amro is ready for its Initial Public Offering, which is scheduled for November 20th. Though he does not want to make any prediction on whether or not the Dutch state will be able to recover the 22 billion euros in state aid completely.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs is working with other ministries and the private sector to look for ways to give innovative technology based companies such as Uber and Airbnb more space to develop within the legislation.
Nearly 200 organizations are laying off employees because of the introduction of the new worker protection law in July, according to labor union CNV. Temporary workers who have worked with a company for at least two years are entitled to severance pay under the new legislation.
Benefits agency UWV is cutting several hundred jobs in the enforcement department as a result of a new work and security law. The new law dictates that some of the agency's processes be automated, reports De Telegraaf.
According to Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs, VVD), innovative companies such as internet taxi service Uber should not be ignored. He said this on the current affairs program Buitenhof yesterday, NOS reports.
ING employees will no longer receive a discount when they take out a new mortgage loan with the bank.
Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has sent Parliament legislation to arrange a new regulation that would see new fathers receive guaranteed paternity leave if the mother dies during childbirth. Mothers with premature babies will also receive 10 weeks to take care of the child at home, Elsevier reports.
Health Minister Edith Schippers wants to introduce a new, cheaper health insurance policy that would allow insurers to decide which doctor or care institution the patient should go to.
General Practitioners will be on strike Wednesday afternoon in protest against the impending change in legislation that would see the free choice of doctor disappear from the Health Insurance Law, the Telegraaf reports.
Sales of scooters and powered bicycles from January through April rose by nearly 14 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Dealers have sold nearly 13,000 mopeds so far this year.
The Dutch Government should study the possible effects of Google Glass on road safety, according to several political parties in parliament
The city council of Amsterdam wants to legalize the cultivation of weed. This should reduce criminality in the supply of coffee shops and because selling soft drugs is legal but growing isn’t, it would make Dutch legislation more logical.