Works Council support becomes particularly valuable given the responsibilities associated with being a Works Council member. Serving in this role involves advocating for the rights, well-being, and interests of employees in accordance with the Dutch Works Councils Act.
Balancing Employee Rights & Employer Relations
A Works Council member plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between employees and management, making sure concerns are heard and addressed. The role requires a comprehensive understanding of the labour law, negotiation skills, and the ability to ask relevant questions to the entrepreneur about employment-related matters.
Works Council members often find themselves in the forefront of discussions on issues such as workplace conditions, employee benefits, yet they often tend to get overly focused on specific details rather than the facts.
Years ago, I saw how a transparent Works Council approach could positively impact both the organisation’s and Works Council’s success.
Additionally, I also recognised the challenges that Works Councils faced in fostering open communication between management and employees working in an international environment, while navigating the complexities of interpreting the Dutch Works Councils Act.
Balancing between advocating for employee rights and maintaining a good relationship with the employer requires finesse. Works Councils often face the challenge of navigating between these two responsibilities.
Works Council support, therefore, becomes an essential resource for Works Council members seeking guidance, knowledge, and strategic insights.
Primary Benefits of Works Council Support
In navigating complex matters, having access to a legal and/or HR expert who can offer guidance, validate ideas, or conducting research can be extremely advantageous.
The Works Council holds the right by informing the entrepreneur in advance, to seek support and guidance from a third party (art. 22.2 WOR) on operational matters, extending to senior-level advice.
More over Works Council consulting is clear and concise, presenting findings in a direct manner, referring to market practices, legislation, while offering practical recommendations. The primary advantages of the consulting for the Works Council are:
1. Complex Discussions
Seamlessly navigating complex discussions (during Works Council consultation), covering areas such as employee benefits, organisational restructuring, and working conditions.
Foster transparent and effective communication, paving the way for effective solutions enhancing collaboration and understanding during interactions with the entrepreneur and employees.
3. Risks & Issues
Mitigate legal risks and ensure regulatory compliance throughout the Works Council consultation process, guaranteeing adherence to the Dutch Works Councils Act.
4. Trust & Clarity
Foster trust and clarity among employees, keeping them well-informed and engaged in the process.
Works Councils need to adapt to the unique circumstances in their organisation and industry. Effective collaboration, communication, and a proactive approach are key in addressing these challenges and Works Council consulting could be the solution to their needs.
Works Council Support
Basically keeping up with and interpreting ever-changing labour laws and regulations poses a significant challenge for Works Councils. Gain immediate access to valuable Works Council consulting support by contacting us for assistance with the request of advice, information, or consent in the essential domains:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Working Conditions
- Budget discussion and setup for Works Council costs
- Employment & employee benefits
- Governance, communication & leadership
- Legal considerations on the Works Councils Act
- Mandatory annual report Works Council
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Organisational redesign
Confidentiality is a cornerstone of our approach ensuring that your data remains protected and secure. We are well-versed in the practice of signing a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). This commitment to confidentiality guarantees your peace of mind but also underscores our dedication to maintaining the highest ethical standards in all our interactions.