Podcast CLINT | Littler Explains! Episode 4


#4 - Sickness and Reintegration Explained! - By Tanya van Nieuwstadt


Fresh from the audio press! CLINT | Littler Explains! – Sickness and Reintegration Explained!

Every other week one topic of Dutch Employment & labor Law is discussed by podcast host Jasper Hoffstedde and one of his colleagues. The listener gets easy and practical tips on how to best handle difficult or tricky situations. Today we present to you episode #4 – Sickness and Reintegration Explained! – by Tanya van Nieuwstadt

Sickness; the parties’ duties and obligations

When an employee is sick or otherwise incapacitated for work, the most far-reaching consequence for the employer, is that they are protected from dismissal for at least 2 years. But of course this legal protection serves a purpose, namely to reintegrate the employee back to work as soon as possible, which is essentially beneficial for both parties. A secondary aim is to prevent the employee from becoming dependent on state benefits. Both parties are obliged to take an active approach in the employee’s reintegration. If the employer fails to do so, he risks a third year of continued wage payment and an employee’s lack of efforts may result in losing his entitlement to wages.

What is discussed?

Tanya explains what you, as an employer, should do in order to comply with the aforementioned legal obligation. Thus preventing a third year of continued wage payment. Of course the employee’s obligations are explained as well and subsequently the means of pressure that an employer can use to make the employee live up to his obligation.

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About the author

Jasper Hoffstedde

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About the author

As a labor lawyers Tanya has gained specific experience in complex labor cases like restructuring of companies, bonus regulations and (collective) redundancies. Tanya is also specialised in issues surrounding sick employees. Tanya regularly lectures at various employment law seminars and webinars and gives (post-doc) courses on a wide range of employment law topics. Before joining CLINT | Littler, Tanya worked at DLA Piper and Van Doorne.

Tanya van Nieuwstadt


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