Christian Democrats propose severance pay amendment

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Christian Democrats, junior party in the Dutch coalition government, have submitted a bill which would cut the severance payments of workers who have been offered adequate training opportunities by their employer.

The bill calls for higher severance payments in cases where employers have failed to offer their staff any training at all.

During last year’s coalition negotiations, the Freedom Party, - on which the minority cabinet relies for support in parliament - insisted that no changes should be made to dismissal laws.

However, the Christian Democrats argue that the bill is not really an amendment to existing legislation because judges presiding over dismissal cases can already take the level of training offered by employers into consideration. The party says it merely wants to make it compulsory for them to do so.


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