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Netherlands: Support for employers to retain jobs (COVID-19)

Netherlands: Support for employers to retain jobs

In recent months, the Dutch government has supported the business sector in various ways in an effort to provide relief from the economic implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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Two emergency packages contained, among other things, the “temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs” (Tijdelijke noodmaatregel overbrugging voor werkbehoud) (NOW 1 and NOW 2).

In late August 2020, the government presented the relief and recovery package for businesses and workers as a follow-up to the first two emergency packages. This package was effective 1 October 2020, and NOW 3 is part of this package.

NOW 3 is aimed at providing longer certainty to employers about the compensation of payroll costs. NOW 3 therefore has a term of nine months, spread over three tranches of three months. Just like NOW 1 and NOW 2, the aim of NOW 3 is to retain jobs as much as possible. Because the COVID-19 crisis is lasting longer than initially thought, NOW 3 offers employers time to adjust their business operations to the new reality, without the associated decline in the payroll automatically triggering a reduction of the subsidy amount.

Read an October 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands 

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