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About HRM College

HRM College is a Dutch company which primarely focusses on servicing clients with staff in the Netherlands.

All our specialists are bi-lingual and all workshops, masterclasses and seminars can be given in english. Please contact us for more information. You can find our contact details at the bottom of this page.

The background of the course leader, Arthur Hol, helps to make the course/workshop as practical as possible, from an integral perspective: Arthur is a specialized labor lawyer / attorney-at-law who worked previously as an international HR manager for Royal Dutch Shell and KLM Cargo, having attained university degrees in both law and organizational psychology.

Below you will find an example of a course/workhop conducted in the English language:
of course scope and content of the course/workshop can be tailored to meet your requirements!

Dutch Labour Law & HRM

Please find below an example of an in-company course on Dutch Labour law & HR for a multinational company, operating in the Netherlands. Of course, this course can be tailored to your special needs and wishes.

1. One-day course on Dutch labour Law & HRM for line managers and HR Professionals
2. 3 hour presentation / workshop for Management Team
3. 3 hour workshop on business cases for Line managers, co-facilitated by HR professionals


(1) One Day course program The start- and end times are indicative only, to allow maximum interactivity and emphasis on the desired topics

Before and during the course: participants can send in or bring up current or closed practical cases for discussion purposes. During the course, reference will be made to best practices of relevant other multinational companies.

09:00 An overview of the employment law framework in The Netherlands
  • Introduction of participants and their current and or expected HR and labour law dilemma's & cases
  • Setting the scene: The Netherlands' labour market and legal framework
  • What is so different about Dutch employment law? Comparisons made with labour law of anglo-saxon and continental European labour law systems. Sensitive issues in Dutch labour relations
  • Current trends and developments

  • 11.00-11.15 break

    11:15 Hiring employees, contracts of employment, benefits, leave
  • Flexibility in contracts of employment; definite or indefinite terms; on call contracts, with due regard for the do's and don'ts when interviewing – for managers
  • The 'do's and don'ts' when discussing desired changes in terms and conditions of employment–for managers
  • An update on sick pay, reintegration efforts during sickness periods, holiday entitlement and other typical contractual benefits, including pension schemes, with due regard for the company's sickness procedure and outline of roles/ responsibilities with regard to the relevant Dutch, regulatory framework of the ‘WVP'and practicalities such as the timing of direct telephone contact, which questions (not) to ask
  • Parental leave, special leave & sabbaticals
  • Restrictive covenants (e.g. non-competition, non-disclosure)

  • 12.15-13.00 Lunch break

    13:00 Day to day employee management
  • Working Time
  • Absence and non-performance issues: requirements of a performance improvement plan – division of roles between employee, manager and HR
  • Reintegration efforts of employer (manager, HR) and employee during sickness periods
  • Right to privacy
  • Equal treatment/ discrimination / harassment
  • Discipline and grievances: how to deal with non-compliant behaviour of employees +illustration of importance to always consult with HR before doing anything.

  • 14.45-15.00 break

    15:00 Managing (non-) performance, labour conflicts & Sickness issues
  • all practicalities involving a performance improvement plan
  • labour conflicts: role of HR, company doctor, UWV and manager
  • Sickness issues: role of HR, company doctor, UWV and manager
  • Practical tips for file-building: what managers should (not) do
  • Involvement of lawyers

  • 15:30 Termination of employment
  • Ways of terminating employment, via court, government agency UWV WERKbedrijf
  • Termination Agreements –what managers should know
  • Causes of termination: economic (headcount reduction or reorganization / performance / sickness
  • Legal proceedings: filing & court costs
  • Urgent dismissal criteria
  • Suspension with & without pay

  • 16.15-16.25 small break

  • Warnings: how many and for same / different reasons? Importance of prior consultation with HR
  • Protection from dismissal
  • Calculating severance pay –what managers should know

  • 16:45 What's on the horizon?
  • Developments with respect to severance pay, limited telework rights of employees and dismissal law
  • Future developments in labour law

  • 17:00 End of course

    During the course, cross-references might be made by the course leader, the in-house-legal counsel and the HR-manager(s) present to the HRM-framework and policies, as well as to the labour law of some other countries relevant to the company, as deemed useful

    The background of the course leader, Arthur Hol, helps to make the course as practical as possible, from an integral perspective: Arthur is a specialized labour lawyer / attorney-at-law who worked previously as an international HR manager for Royal Dutch/Shell and KLM Cargo, having attained university degrees in both law and organizational psychology.

    (2) 3 hour presentation / workshop for Management Team
    The 3 hour presentation / workshop for the Management Team will be a condensed version of the One-day course outlined above, to allow maximum interactivity and emphasis on the managerial dilemmas facing the MT-members –as well as room for questions and discussion.
    When discussing the HR and labour law topics outlined in the One-day course for Line-Managers & HR-professionals, focus will be on the more high-level roles & responsibilities of MT-members, as well as on their important role in the interview process:.

  • An overview of the employment law framework in The Netherlands
  • Sensitive issues in Dutch labour relations
  • Hiring employees, do's and don'ts in the interview process, contracts of employment, benefits, leave
  • Day to day employee management
  • Managing (non-) performance –highlights of the Performance Plan
  • labour conflicts
  • Sickness issues
  • Harassment issues
  • Works Council / Staff representation stipulations in Dutch law

  • Before and during the course: MT-members can send in or bring up current or closed practical cases for discussion purposes. During the presentation/workshop, reference will be made to best practices of relevant other multinational companies.

    (3) 3-hour workshops for Line-Managers and HR-professionals
    0900-13.00 (or 13.00-17.00)

    Double aim:
    (a) Deepening understanding of all Course topics by working on practical cases in subgroups.
    (b) Becoming more familiar with the renewed HRM-framework and policies of Company X

    All Cases will be tailor-made by HRM College –in collabouration with the company HR/training- to comprise all aspects of a topic, as well as allow focus on an all aspects of the renewed policies.

    09:00 Follow-up on One-day course: & set-up of half-day workshop

  • Main insights, learning points of One-day course
  • Remaining or new questions of participants
  • New or expected HR and labur law dilemma's & cases

  • 09:30 Case nr. 1: Non-performance issue
  • Explanation of case to group
  • Work on case in sub-groups
  • Presentation of proposed actions by spokespersons for each subgroup,
  • Discussion in whole group
  • Illustration by HR of renewed HRM-framework and policies
  • Additional comments by course leader, reflecting on course topics

  • 10.20-10.30 break

    10:30 Case nr. 2: Sickness issue
  • Explanation of case to group
  • Work on case in sub-groups
  • Presentation of proposed actions by spokespersons for each subgroup,
  • Discussion in whole group
  • Illustration by HR of renewed HRM-framework and policies
  • Additional comments by course leader, reflecting on course topics

  • 11.20-11.30 break

    11:30 Case nr. 3: Non-compliance & labour conflict issue
  • Explanation of case to group
  • Work on case in sub-groups
  • Presentation of proposed actions by spokespersons for each subgroup,
  • Discussion in whole group
  • Illustration by HR of renewed HRM-framework and policies
  • Additional comments by course leader, reflecting on course topics

  • 12.15-12.20 break

    12:20 Finalization
  • Discussing of remaining issues
  • Way of implementation by managers
  • Summary of main learning & action points by participants, course leader & HR

  • 13.00 End of workshop

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    HRM College BV
    Patrijzenhof 26
    3755 ES EEMNES
    tel: 020-851 25 55
    fax: 020-851 25 54
    info@hrmcollege.nl

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