Corona and agreements
If you want to know what you are entitled to, it is important to know what type of temporary employment contract you have. This animation tells you more about it. If there are any questions left, please contact us.
Due to the coronavirus my work at the using company has been suspended. What can I do now?
Check with the employment agency whether they have applied for the temporary Emergency Measure for Work Retention (NOW). The NOW is a temporary government arrangement to provide employers with financial support so that they can continue paying their employees on a permanent and flexible contract in these uncertain times. If the employment agency makes use of this scheme, you will remain employed and they will continue to pay your wages.
If the agency cannot make use of this arrangement, then it depends on your employment agreement whether you are entitled to continue receiving your wages.
- You have a temporary employment contract with agency clause.
In this case, the employment contract ends by operation of law due to suspended work by the using company. You are no longer employed and no longer entitled to receive any wages.
- You have a temporary employment contract without an agency clause, with exclusion of the obligation to continued pay of wages.
This means that the employment contract does not end, but you are not entitled to continued payment of wages (see article 2, paragraph 1 to 4 of the CLA). Therefore, you remain employed, but on the days when there is no work and you are not working, you do not receive any wages.
- You have a temporary employment contract without exclusion of the obligation to continued payment of wages.
In this case you retain the right to payment of wages for the entire duration of your contract. The employment agency can offer you other work (see articles 23 and 24 of the CLA).
I am not sick, but I don’t want to come to work for fear of the virus. What now?
A temporary employment contract with agency clause ends by operation of law because the employee does not want to work.
- A temporary employment contract without agency clause, with exclusion of the obligation to continued payment of wages, will continue. The employee is not entitled to wages.
- For temporary employment contracts with the obligation to continued payment of wages, the employee is not entitled to wages, because this can be considered as a refusal to work. When asking whether there is a valid reason for not wanting to go at work, the most up-to-date information provided by, among others, the government, GGD and/or RIVM must be taken into account.
If I am unemployed due to the corona crisis, can I apply for unemployment benefit myself?
You can apply for unemployment benefits online. You need DigiD for this.
1) Open the link to the UWV website:
2) Log in with DigiD
3) Provide information that is not yet known in UWV.
Important! Keep the following documents next to you:
-Your latest payslip;
-Your latest employment contract;
-Your bank account number
Can the employment agency adjust my working hours?
Yes, employers, including temporary employment agencies, have been required to spread employees’ working hours until 28 April 2020. This means that temporary employment agencies can adjust the working hours of temporary workers.