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Payment During Sickness

The Act on the Prolongation of Salary Payment During Sickness (WULBZ)

The WULBZ requires employers to continue to pay disabled employees at least 70% of their salary with a maximum of € 50.064 for 104 weeks.

Employers in the Netherlands are however in general contractually obliged (via an individual or collective employment agreement) or tacit agreement to pay the salary 100% for a maximum of 52 weeks to disabled employees.

Current employment agreements can only be altered by mutual agreement. This means therefore that the financial risk of employers has, since the WULBZ came into force and the simultaneous privatisation of the Sickness Benefits Act per 1 March 1996, increased enormously if an employee becomes disabled.