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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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Extension and expansion of Jobs and Economy emergency package (Emergency package 2.0)

More than two months ago the government announced a number of emergency measures in its ‘Jobs and Economy emergency package’ letter to the Lower House of Parliament dated March 17, 2020. These measures were intended to mitigate the first acute and widespread shock resulting from the coronavirus and the crisis measures introduced in this respect. On May 20, 2020 the government announced – once again in a letter to the Lower House of Parliament – that various measures in the first emergency package (Emergency package 1.0) would be extended and supplemented with new measures (Emergency package 2.0).

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NOW scheme amended for third time (first installment: NOW for the period through to June 1, 2020

By letter to the Lower House of Parliament dated May 20, 2020, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment announced that the Temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs (Tijdelijke noodmaatregel overbrugging voor behoud van werkgelegenheid; NOW) as it applies to the period March through May 2020 would be amended for a third time.

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Expansion of group approach in the NOW and easing of several other measures

By letter dated April 22, 2020 the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment announced an important expansion of the group approach in the NOW. We discuss this expansion briefly. We also discuss the announced easing of the unemployment insurance contributions differentiation and the imposition of penalties in respect of highly skilled migrants.

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Conditions announced for ‘Temporary emergency bridging measure to retain jobs’

The scheme provides for compensation for payroll costs if an employer expects and ultimately experiences a decline in turnover of 20% or more as a result of the corona crisis. Compensation will be granted in relation to the decline in turnover and will amount to 90% of the eligible payroll costs.

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COVID-19 measures: Schengen area on lockdown for non-EU residents

On March 17, 2020, the EU heads of government decided that travelers from outside the European Union will no longer be allowed to enter the Schengen area, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to do so. The Netherlands has followed this up by closing its borders to citizens from outside the EU from March 19, 2020 at 6.00 p.m. The entry ban has now been extended to July 1, 2020.

 

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