Under-45s will get less money when sacked
New regulations see Dutch employees under the age of 45 receive less monetary compensation if fired.31 October 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch employees under the age of 45 who lose their job will receive less financial compensation thanks to a change of policy by the courts.
The courts decided that the under-45s will receive less money because they have a better chance of finding another job.
Judges will also take the employer's financial situation into account as well as the individual employee's job prospects and educational background.
Until now, employees were awarded average compensation of one month's salary for every year of service.
Employers are happy with the change, but not so the unions. The FNV criticised the timing of the decision, with the country on the brink of a recession. Representatives of middle and senior management personnel said it creates the impression that the courts are politically motivated.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]