Minimum holiday entitlement
Paid public holidays per year
Employees aged 18 and over can’t work more than 12 hours per shift and a maximum of 60 hours per week. Hours per week must not exceed 48 hours on average, based on a period of 16 weeks.
A night worker is someone who works at least 1 hour between 12 am and 6 am. There are many regulations around night workers in the Netherlands;
Source: https://www.arboportaal.nl/onderwerpen/nachtdienst/vraag-en-antwoord/welke-regels-gelden-er-voor-nachtdiensten | https://www.arboportaal.nl/onderwerpen/nachtdienst/wat-zegt-de-wet-over-nachtdiensten
If an employee works more than 5.5 hours, they are entitled to a 30-minute break. This can be split into two 15-minute breaks.
If an employee works more than 10 hours, they are entitled to a 45-minute break. This can be split into breaks of at least 15 minutes.
There is no hourly minimum wage for employees in the Netherlands as the number of hours in a working week varies from business to business. There is however a monthly and weekly minimum wage.
Employers must pay employees for the overtime they work unless it is stipulated in their contract that they are required to do a certain number of overtime hours. If it is in the employees’ contract, then the overtime can either be paid or be used as a holiday allowance instead.
Employees receive 4 times the number of hours they complete a week as holiday allowance. For example, if an employee worked 37.5 hours a week every week, they would be entitled to 150 hours of holiday a year. Which would be equivalent to 20 days’ holiday.
There are a total of 10 (11 every 5 years) public holidays in the Netherlands:
If an employee is off sick, then the employer is required to pay at least 70% of their wages for a maximum of two years.
Year 1: Pay at least 70% of their wage, which must not fall below the minimum wage
Year 2: Continue to pay 70% of their wage but it may fall below the minimum wage
Pregnant employees are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, which is to be paid at 100% of their salary. Maternity leave will start 4 to 6 weeks before the due date.
Source: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/zwangerschapsverlof-en-bevallingsverlof/vraag-en-antwoord/hoe-lang-duurt-zwangerschapsverlof-en-bevallingsverlof | https://www.arboportaal.nl/onderwerpen/zwanger/zwangerschapsverlof-bevallingsverlof
The father receives 5 days of paid maternity leave once their partner gives birth. The leave does not have to start on the day of birth and can be taken in the first four weeks after birth.
Employees are entitled to 6 weeks of adoption or foster leave. Employees can take leave 4 weeks before the birth and up to 26 weeks after the birth.
Employers do not have to pay the employee for the leave, instead, the employee must apply for benefits with the UWV.
Source: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/adoptieverlof-en-pleegzorgverlof/vraag-en-antwoord/hoe-lang-duurt-adoptieverlof-of-pleegzorgverlof | https://www.mkbservicedesk.nl/468/wat-adoptieverlof.htm