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Budget Day 2020: changes to payroll taxes

In our memorandum we address the most significant changes proposed for payroll taxes and social security contributions.

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Lump Sum Payment, Early Retirement Scheme and Leave Savings Scheme Bill

In this bill the government elaborates on three of the agreements made as part of the Pension Agreement: more freedom of choice in the use of the pension, more options for early retirement and more scope to utilize the tax relief for saving leave for the purposes of early retirement.

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Relief and recovery package for the economy and labor market (Emergency package 3.0)

On August 28, 2020 by letter to the Lower House of Parliament, the government presented a relief and recovery package for businesses and workers, which follows on from the two previous emergency packages.

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Court of Appeals judgment on the standard practice criterion in the work-related costs rules

In the order for reference, the Court of Appeals The Hague based its assessment on the framework set by the Supreme Court in its judgment and offered more clarity on some practical elements.

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The Netherlands: gradual lifting of travel ban for non-EU citizens as of July 1, 2020 (COVID-19)

As of July 1, 2020 the Netherlands will no longer maintain the travel ban for citizens of the following 14 countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The travel ban for Chinese citizens will be lifted as soon as China again allows EU citizens to enter the country.

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Conditions published for the extension of the NOW scheme (NOW-2)

On May 20, 2020, the government announced its intention to extend the NOW-1. The substantive details of this extension were published, on June 25, 2020, by Decree of June 22, 2020 under the name: Second temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs (Tweede tijdelijke noodmaatregel overbrugging voor behoud van werkgelegenheid; NOW-2). In our memorandum, we discuss the NOW-2 in more detail.

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Progress on ‘working as a self-employed person’

On June 15, 2020, the fifth letter describing the progress made with respect to ‘working as a self-employed person’ was published. In this letter, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and the Deputy Minister of Finance inform the Lower House of Parliament of the developments and the follow-up steps with regard to the measures in the field of self-employment.

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Cross-border working during COVID-19

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Additional agreements about the second Jobs and Economy emergency package (Emergency package 2.0)

From a letter sent to the Lower House of Parliament on May 28, 2020, it appears that the government has further consulted with employer and employee organizations in response to Emergency package 2.0.

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