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Which rules must my employer adhere to in an employment contract?

Your employment contract contains the agreements between you and your employer. In addition to the agreements in your employment contract, your employer must comply with a number of statutory rules to protect you as an employee.

Statutory rules employer

Important laws with rules that your employer must adhere to include:

  • The Civil Code

    Here you will find rules about, for example, probationary period, holidays, notice periods and dismissal. If this can be deviated from by collective labor agreement or employment contract, this is stated. If that isn't indicated, then it's not possible.

  • The Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act

    This states that your employer must pay you at least the minimum wage and minimum holiday allowance.

  • The Working Hours

    Here you will find rules about working hours and rest times.

  • The Working Conditions

    The government sets goals for safety and health in companies. This law states how companies must ensure that employees can work safely and healthily.

  • The Work and Care

    This contains information about a number of leave schemes to which you're entitled as an employee.

  • Equal Treatment Legislation

    This states, among other things, that there may be no difference in the terms of employment between:

    • Men and women
    • Natives and immigrants
    • Employees who work full-time or part-time
    • Employees with a permanent or temporary contract;
    • People with and without disabilities
    • Healthy people and people with a chronic disease

Rules in the collective labor agreement

Many employers are covered by a collective labor agreement . The collective labor agreement often also contains rules about the amount of wages, holidays, notice periods and the like. Sometimes a statutory rule states that something other than the (main) rule of the law may be arranged in a collective labor agreement.

Pay slip mandatory

With the first wage payment, the employer must provide a specification of your salary, the so-called pay slip. You will receive a new payslip if something changes in your wages. Or in deductions such as contributions for social security or pension. The pay slip must contain a number of information . For example, the gross salary and the number of hours you work.

The pay slip can be provided in writing or digitally if you agree.

Pay salary on time

Your employer must pay your wages on time. The employment contract regulates when. With weekly wages, payment may never last longer than one month. The limit for monthly wages is a quarter.

If your employer pays your wages late due to negligence , you can claim an increase.

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