What are the Leaves of Absence types in the Netherlands?

Statutory Leaves of Absence arrangements

Leaves of Absence is regulated under the Work and Care Act   [Wet Arbeid en Zorg] in the Netherlands, hereinafter referred to as: the WAZO. This Act defines the right to leave and the right to payment.

Statutory Leaves of Absence

Special Leave

Besides leaves regulated under the WAZO there are more leave types: Special Leave. Special Leave is not based on law, but on general country specific common practice. Examples of Special Leave are:

  • Leave for relocation.
  • Leave for wedding of Employee, parents and inlaws.
  • Leave for exams, study.
  • Bereavement leave.

Per type of Special Leave, the amount of leave days can be decided based on the company regulations.

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