As of July 1, 2017, a number of legislative changes will enter into force that are of importance to HR professionals. The Arbowet changes. And the bill that changes the minimum wage and minimum holiday allowance will come into effect in part. An overview of the amendments to legislation as of July 1, 2017.
From 1 July 2017, an employee may request a second opinion from another company doctor. In addition, employees are given the legal right to speak to the company doctor during an 'open consultation hour'. Also, the prevention worker gets a firmer position and the works council gets more control over working conditions policy. Employers must enter into a (new) basic agreement with the labor service provider. This can be done by completing the current contract and by concluding a new contract. Although there is a transitional contract for running contracts, it is wise to discuss the contract with the labor service provider in the short term. Please note that the OR has the right to vote on the basic contract with the labor service provider.
In the new Arbowet, the SZW Inspectorate gets a bigger role. If an employer has not concluded a contract with a company doctor or a labor department, or if the contract does not comply with the new rules, the SZW Inspectorate may impose a fine on the employer.
Law Amendment on Minimum Wage
The Minimum Wage and Minimum Wage Benefit Act (WML) changes as of July 1, 2017, as of 1 January 2018, as of July 1, 2019, and probably also on other occasions in the coming period:
◾ From 1 July 2017 the age limit of the minimum wage will be reduced from 23 to 22 years, and the legal minimum wage will increase for 18 to 21 year olds. Employers are entitled to a low income benefit for employees who earn (up to 125% of) the minimum wage from 1 January 2017. As of January 1, 2018, employers can also receive a compensation for the wage increase of the minimum wage for young people aged 18 to 21 years.
◾ As of January 1, 2018, the minimum (youth) wage must be paid for additional work and employers who pay their employees a lot of wages must ensure that they earn the minimum (youth) wage.
By Edith van Schie on June 21, 2017 IN: Arbo, Reward