Labour Law, Social Security and Civil Service Law

Labour Law

Labour law relates to the legal aspects of the relationship between an employee and an employer. Such aspects are often stipulated in an employment contract. However, Dutch labour law provides also compulsory rules which cannot be altered by agreement between an employer and an employee. Dutch Labour law is dynamic and conflicts between employees and an employers have resulted in extensive jurisprudence. Therefore, it is recommended to involve a legal expert in negotiations of an employment contract or in an employment conflict so that the necessary legal advice can be obtained.

Groenendijk & Kloppenburg Lawyers provides legal assistance to employees as well as employers and our specialists advise on an litigate in all relevant aspects such as:

  • Employment and collective labour agreement
  • Review of settlement agreements
  • Flexible labour relations
  • Competition clause
  • Disease and Pregnancy
  • Dysfunction, forthwith dismissal
  • Wages
  • Participation
  • Reorganization and due diligence
  • Executive Director

For questions please contact: Daniëlle Prins, Sophie te Boekhorst or Ariani Stretton.

Social Security

Labor law and social security are strongly connected. Social security includes the Unemployment Act (WW), the Sickness Act (ZW) and the Work and Income according to Labour Capacity Act (WIA). Also, in this area of law our lawyers have extensive experience and, if necessary, work together with a network of medical advisors.

Groenendijk & Kloppenburg Lawyers provides legal assistance to employees as well as employers our specialists advise and litigate in all areas of social security law including:

  • Conducting proceedings against a WIA decision by the UWV (WGA and IVA)
  • Proceedings against rejection/termination of the Sickness Benefits Act and Unemployment Insurance Act.

For questions about social security (including ZW, WW, WIA), please contact Daniëlle Prins or Sophie te Boekhorst

Civil Service Law

With the introduction of the WNRA in 2020, many civil servants have become subject to labour law. However, there are still employees with civil servant status (for example, in the police and the Ministry of Defense). Although the civil service law is similar to the labour law, it is a separate jurisdiction. Many civil service cases deal with integrity issues. The civil service law has its own way of litigating and advising. Thus, civil servant cases are first and foremost dealt with by a complaints commission before they go to court, sector administrative law. The magistrate/lower court judge does not pronounce sentence in civil servant cases.

You can contact our office for advice and litigation in the field of civil servants law and you can contact Daniëlle Prins and Sophie te Boekhorst.

Labour mediation

Do you have a business conflict that you would like to resolve together? For example, a disagreement about an employment relationship that you would like to end or continue by mutual agreement? Or a conflict between a director and works council during a reorganization? Then mediation offers you the opportunity to resolve your conflict while preserving the relationship. You can read more about this on our mediation page.

For questions about labour mediation, please contact Ariani Stretton and Daniëlle Prins.


For questions on Labour Law, Social Security and Civil Service Law, please contact us.