On March 17, 2020, the Netherlands government announced a series of new exceptional economic measures in the context of coping with the consequences of the corona crisis for business. One of those measures is that it is no longer possible to apply for a reduction in working hours. The scheme was immediately withdrawn and replaced by the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Retention of Work.
The scheme has not yet been published. Information from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment shows the following conditions:
Here are some examples:
Based on the application, UWV will provide an advance of 80% of the expected contribution. It is subsequently determined what the actual decline in turnover has been. An accountant's report will be required for applications above a further amount to be determined.
That is not known yet. Loss of turnover from 1 March 2020 is eligible for compensation.
The application for an allowance under the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Retention of Work must be submitted to the UWV.
The NOW provides for a 3-month allowance to be applied for, with the possibility of extending for a further 3 months (possibly under other conditions).
This Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging for Work Retention (NOW) will be opened as soon as possible and will replace the current working time reduction scheme. With immediate effect, no new applications can be submitted for this to SZW. Applications that have already been made, but not yet settled, will be handled in the new scheme. Entrepreneurs can apply for the allowance for a decrease in turnover from 1 March 2020.
This article will be updated when more about the scheme is known. In the meantime, you can of course contact us by email or telephone for any questions you may have. It is not without reason that our motto is: "Your problem, our concern."
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