Is late payment of the holiday allowance permitted because of the coronavirus outbreak?

Most employees in the Netherlands expect to receive their holiday allowance in the month of May or June. However, this year, due to the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, some employees fear that their employer may be, at best, reluctant to pay out the holiday allowance on time and, at worst, unable to pay the holiday allowance at all. One of the trade unions, CNV, has reported that 8% of its members have stated that their employer will not be paying the holiday allowance that is due to them. Is this permitted by law?


Adjusting employment conditions: what are the employer’s options?

Sometimes it may be necessary for an employer to adjust the employment conditions of its employees. For example in the event the company is experiencing financial difficulties. Also, after taking over employees of another company, the acquiring company may need to align employment conditions of the new employees with company standards. Such adjustments could include cutting a bonus scheme, abolishing a lease scheme or changing leave schemes. What options does the employer have to change the employment conditions of employees?


Coronavirus: your employment rights regarding holidays


Due to the coronavirus many employers and employees are uncertain about how to handle the issue of holidays. On the one hand employees are forced to postpone their holiday plans. On the other hand many employers do not have sufficient work available to keep the employees working. It can also be that the demand for certain services and/or products suddenly increased due to the coronavirus outbreak, and employees are consequently suddenly needed in order to service this demand. What can employers and employees expect from each other?