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Covid-19 update

Getting the information you need as an expat working in the Netherlands can be hard enough sometimes. Now with the Covid-19 crisis, we understand these are uncertain times for everyone. This is why Payingit International wants to be there for all our clients ánd other expats who have questions about their personal working situation. Together we can find the best way to help you. Don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us. We’d love to speak to you!

The Dutch Government has taken various measures to fight the Covid-19 virus. In addition, a plan had been set up to guide companies through these difficult times.

One of the governmental measures is from that plan is “NOW” (Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkbehoud / Temporary emergency measure for labour retention). All entities of the Payingit Group have applied for this regulation, Payingit International included.

How does this work?
NOW is set up to compensate employers in employees costs (just the wages, the premiums are still to be paid by the employer). The date for this arrangement is set from March 1st, 2020 till May 31st, 2020.

The funds “NOW” will be granted when the employer of record can show a decrease of turnover the next period compared to the turnover of the same time period last year (2019).

  • 100% decrease of turnover; 90% of the sum of wages will be compensated.
  • 50% decrease of turnover; 45% of the sum of wages will be compensated.
  • 25% decrease of turnover; 22,5% of the sum of wages will be compensated.

We will retroactively hear, if we qualify for this arrangement. Please know that if that is the case, we will compensate our customers. Obviously no costs will be charged there.


– It’s not very clear if we need to stay home or go to work

If there is an option to work from home we strongly advise you to do so. Please stick to all precautions!

– I do not have the option to work from home, will I keep receiving salary?

Our expats will of course receive their salary for the duration of their contract or assignment.

– Due to the corona virus situation, I would like to ask the legal status in the Netherlands concerning a salary cut. What’s the law about this in the Netherlands?

Luckily the employee is very well protected. That means that the employer are obligated to pay for the duration of your contract or assignment. However, many companies are doing a moral appeal on their employees to face the crisis. They are asking if it’s okay to reduce hours or to lower your salary a bit. This always to be discussed between the hirer and employee. You are not obligated to do so.
This could be only done if you and your hirer have reached a mutual agreement (also in writing).

However, you and your hirer still have to keep in mind that your gross monthly salary cannot be lower that the IND required minimum. This does not apply for EU-citizens.

– Can the hirer ask if the employee(s) can take out their vacation days during the Corona virus?

They can of course discuss this, but as an employee you can always decide for yourself

– Can you apply for the grant for my company?

Unfortunately not yet. We can only apply for Payingit International.