Occasional Leave: How does sabbatical/unpaid leave work in the Netherlands?

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Wioleta MIodowska
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In the Netherlands, unpaid leave is not a legal entitlement or a right granted by law. This means that there is no legislation that explicitly guarantees employees the right to take leave without pay. Instead, the availability of unpaid leave is largely dependent on the mutual agreement between employers and employees. Both parties can agree to unpaid leave and the employer contract will continue during the leave. Upon request, pension benefits can be suspended.

How to request sabbatical/unpaid leave?

Please visit Request Time Off page for detailed instructions on how to submit time off request at Remote. In case of sabbatical/unpaid leave please choose Unpaid leave type.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact the Lifecycle - Time & Attendance team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of time off requirements in the Netherlands. Consulting with our team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated time off and attendance related requirements. Your proactive engagement with the Time & Attendance team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.

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