In order to employ staff in The Netherlands, it's important to consider the Dutch labour laws. Therefore the Dutch employment agreements should also be drafted by on Dutch law, and our legal team can assist you with this.

The employment contract contains the agreements between the Dutch company and its employees. An employment contract is in force when an employee is employed by an employer and receives wages. INCO can assist in drafting or the evaluation of Employment Agreements. INCO charges a fixed fee of 450 EUR ex VAT, for a new Employment Agreement, or Management Agreement.


Content of the employment contract

As a Dutch employer, you must provide a number of details to the employee in writing within 1 month of your employment. This data includes:

  • the name and place of residence of you and your employer;

  • the place or places where you work;

  • your position or the type of work you do;

  • the date of employment;

  • the duration of the contract (with a temporary contract);

  • how many hours you work (per day or per week);

  • the amount of your salary and when it will be paid;

  • (possibly) the length of your probationary period;

  • the amount of holiday allowance;

  • the number of vacation days;

  • the duration of the cancellation period;

  • (possibly) your pension scheme;

  • (possibly) your non-competition clause;

  • your collective labor agreement (CAO) if applicable.

When does an employment contract come into force?

Even if an employment contract has formally never been drafted or signed, it can still be considered to be effective in force. An employment relationship/contract is considered to have been in force once the following scenarios occur:

  • The employee is employed by the employer. The employer can give the employee instructions and determine the work content.

  • The employee receives wages for the work performed. This wage usually consists of money. The employer may also pay wages, insofar as they are above the minimum wage, (in part) in kind. For example in the form of meals or 'board and lodging'. Shares can also be included in shares and options or the profits made with them.

  • The employee can carry out the work for which he/she has been hired.

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