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    Liberation Day: what about the payment of wages?

    A common misconception amongst employees is that they are legally entitled to be paid wages during holidays. This is not the case, however. The ‘Algemene termijnenwet’ or ATW (General Payment Period Act) determines which days are regarded official holidays. This is, for example, important if the deadline of a payment period falls on an official holiday. However, nowhere does it say that employees are legally entitled to be paid wages during official holidays.


    For example, although May 5 (Liberation Day) is an official holiday in the Netherlands each year, there is a chance this day is not a paid day off. Most organizations only pay wages to their employees on Liberation Day during a quinquennium: a year ending in a 5 or 0. And even then, there is no obligation to follow suit. However, do check the agreements on this included in the collective labor agreement.
    On the other hand, Whit Monday – the day after Pentecost, called ‘Tweede Pinksterdag’ (Second Day of Pentecost) in Dutch – is usually a paid holiday in most organizations.

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