Drop in redundancy requests

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9 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of redundancy requests filed by Dutch companies last year was down by 12 percent compared with 2004.

9 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — The number of redundancy requests filed by Dutch companies last year was down by 12 percent compared with 2004.

The Centre for Work and Income (CWI) and local magistrates received approximately 142,000 requests to lay off staff in 2005. A year earlier the figure was 162,000, according to the annual figures on dismissals.

Employers filed 75,000 applications with the CWI last year asking that employment contracts be dissolved. This was down 18 percent on the year before.

Social Affairs Minister Aart Jan de Geus sent the report to parliament on Tuesday.

The CWI approved the request in 85 percent of the cases. Almost three quarter of these cases were dealt with within the six-week time limit.

The report said 71 percent of the applications sent to the CWI related to firms in financial difficulty and 15 percent were fast-tracked due to pressing "business economic" reasons. Cases can be accelerated  if the employee or employees do not object to dismissal, for instance, as a result of a reorganisation or shut-down.

Other reasons for dissolving employment contracts in 2005 included long-term disability, dysfunction, bad behaviour or a person refusing to do certain work because of a
conscientious objection.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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