Klein Hesselink, John
01 September 2011
The absenteeism rate in the Netherlands has fluctuated strongly with the development of social security legislation for employees, rising for 20 years and then dropping back since the 1980s.
23 September 2010
The number of employees with a fixed contract and independent contractors in the Dutch labour market has risen almost constantly over the last few decades, with only some decline in harsh economic times and a more than average increase after the recession. This rise is absolute (Figure 1) as well as relative (Figure 2).
15 February 2009
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions has commissioned a research project to analyse the impact of flexible employment policies and human resources management on working conditions at the corporate level. Research institutes of seven countries participate in this project. For each country two or three cases are studied of organisations applying different flexible employment solutions. The seven countries are: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom.
03 February 2009
In line with the European Commission’s emphasis on ‘flexicurity ’ in the labour market, the Dutch Flexibility and Security Act (/Wet Flexibiliteit en Zekerheid/) aims to establish a balance between employers’ need for flexibility  and employees’ need for employment security. This is done by a number of measures such as offering employees more security regarding their employment contract, but also by extending the possibilities for employers to conclude temporary employment contracts. The act came into force on 1 January 1999 (NL9901117F , NL9905140F ) and was evaluated for the first time in 2001 and again in 2006. The findings of the most recent evaluation will be outlined in the following paragraphs.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/flexicurity  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/flexibility  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/flexicurity-act-makes-major-changes-to-labour-law  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market-working-conditions/problems-mark-implementation-of-dutch-flexibility-and-security-act
23 February 2006
During the last 10 years, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment developed an extensive sectoral approach to risk management. Many sectors participated over the period, with the social partners in each sector and the Ministry sharing responsibility for the interventions and the costs. The Ministry paid for the preparation and evaluation of the risk management. In 2000, the hotel and restaurant sector joined this initiative by concluding a voluntary covenant on the reduction of work-related stress. The participating parties set a target of reducing work stress by 10%, to be achieved by a step-by-step intervention strategy set out in the covenant.