The Unemployment Insurance Act (in Dutch: Werkloosheidswet) stipulates that if a fixed-term employment contract is terminated by mutual consent, without an interim termination clause, the employee is not entitled to unemployment benefit. However, the District Court of Amsterdam recently ruled that an interim termination clause may still be included in a settlement agreement that is terminating the employment contract. This allows the employee to retain his entitlement to unemployment benefit.
On 28 September 2021, the Dutch Senate has passed the legislative proposal on a more balanced male to female ratio on management and supervisory boards, which is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2022. The legislative proposal contains a diversity quota for supervisory boards of listed companies and a target scheme for large companies. In this blog, we will discuss the measures that the legislative proposal introduces.