Probationary period under Dutch employment law

Under Dutch law a probationary period(trial Period) must be laid down in writing. There is only a probationary period if this is expressly agreed upon by both parties and if this is concluded in the employment agreement.

Duration probationary period

The duration of the probationary period is dependent on the duration of the employment agreement.

In case of a fixed term employment agreement for the duration of less than two years, the maximum probationary period is one month.

In case of a fixed term employment agreement for the duration of more than two years or a permanent employment agreement, the maximum probationary period is two months.

If a Collective Labor Agreement is applicable, different rules may apply with regard to the duration of the probationary period.

During the probationary period, both parties can terminate the employment agreement at any time.

If you have any questions relating to a probationary period in The Netherlands, please contact:

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