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    Offer for a fixed number of working hours

    In 2020, the ‘Wet arbeidsmarkt in balans’ (Labor Market in Balance Act) introduced the rule that every twelve months, an employer must offer an on-call employee the option for a fixed number of weekly working hours. The number of working hours must be at least equal to the average number of hours the on-call worker has worked in the last twelve months.

    To accept

    Minister Koolmees of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has proposed an amendment to the rule so that the on-call employee has one full month to think about the offer and tell the employer whether or not (s)he will accept it. The employee needn’t accept the offer and can decide to continue working at an on-call basis. Because the employee must be notified of the offer one month in advance and (s)he has one full month to think about it, it will take two months in total to complete all arrangements (i.e. contract, agreements, etc.). The legislative proposal by minister Koolmees therefore also regulates that the new contract, with a fix number of working hours, will go into effect at the latest on the first day after these two months have passed.

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