Question from Options, What are the rules surrounding overtime work in the Netherlands?
Answer from AI:
In the Netherlands, the rules surrounding overtime work are primarily governed by the Working Hours Act (Arbeidstijdenwet) and individual employment contracts or collective labor agreements (CAOs).
Working Hours Act
The Working Hours Act sets out the maximum working hours and rest periods for employees. According to this law:
- The maximum working day is 12 hours.
- The maximum working week is 60 hours.
- Over a 4-week period, an employee may not work more than an average of 55 hours a week.
- Over a 16-week period, an employee may not work more than an average of 48 hours a week.
These rules can be adjusted in a collective labor agreement, but the average working week over a 16-week period may never exceed 48 hours.
Dutch law does not provide a statutory right to overtime pay. Whether an employee is entitled to overtime pay, and how much, is usually determined by the individual employment contract or the applicable collective labor agreement.
Certain professions and situations are exempt from the rules of the Working Hours Act. These include managerial positions, certain medical professions, and emergency situations.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines and individual circumstances can vary. If you believe your rights as an employee are being violated, or if you need advice on a specific situation, you should consult with a legal professional.
For more information, you can refer to the Working Hours Act on the Dutch government’s official website.