Re Integratieverplichting
07 april 2020

NOW-scheme

On 31 March 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment published details of the temporary wage cost subsidy scheme, known as the Tijdelijke noodmaatregel overbrugging voor behoud van werkgelegenheid or NOW scheme, to help businesses cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

This NOW scheme sets out the exact conditions for receiving a wage cost subsidy if your company has lost at least 20% of its turnover over a continuous three-month period. In this newsletter, you can find out the latest about the scheme introduced by the Dutch government:

Subsidy amount

Total wage amount

Type of employers

  • Employers with one wage tax number
  • Employers with multiple wage tax numbers
  • Groups of companies

Determining the reduction in turnover

Procedure

  • Applying
  • Advance payment
  • Determining the subsidy amount
  • Extending the scheme

Employer obligations under the NOW scheme

  • Keeping the total wage amount as consistent as possible
  • Employees with a fixed number of working hours
  • Employees with a flexible number of working hours
  • Refraining from termination on commercial grounds
  • Using the subsidy for wage costs
  • Informing the municipality
  • Informing the works council, employee representative bodies, and employees

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