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Compensation of wage costs

Emergency Measure for Work Retention

An employer is eligible for WTV when an incident of force majeure, such as the coronavirus pandemic, leads to reduced business activity. On the basis that at least 20% less work will be performed over the following 2 to 24 weeks, and that this is the direct result of an exceptional circumstance, the working hours of the employees may be shortened. The company can apply for a salary contribution for a period of three months (maximum 90% of the wage bill, depending on the loss of turnover). UWV will provide an advance of 80% of the requested contribution.
This Temporary Emergency Measure for Work Retention (NOW) will be activated as soon as possible and will replace the current reduced staff working times. It is not possible anymore to send in new applications to the SZW. Applications that have already been made will be transferred to the new regulation.

You must meet a number of conditions for the application.

  • With the application, the employer commits in advance to the obligation not to apply for dismissal on grounds of economic reasons for his employees during the period for which the allowance is received.
  • The applicant expects at least a 20% loss of turnover.
  • The application applies for a period of 3 months, which can be extended once by another 3 months (further conditions may be imposed on the extension).
  • The scheme targets turnover decreases from 1 March 2020.

You can submit your application via this link.

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