Dutch employment law offers a high degree of protection for employees. In addition, if you find yourself out of a job but still living in the Netherlands, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit – expats and locals alike can receive benefits while searching for a new job.
If you’re new to the Amsterdam Area, you may not be aware of the laws that are designed to protect you against workplace exploitation in the Netherlands. One of the best ways to protect yourself is by reading up on your rights and obligations in this brochure issued by the Dutch government (available in several different languages). You can report an incident of discrimination in the labour market by contacting Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam, or by contacting Stichting FairWork which supports victims of labour exploitation. Alternatively, make a complaint to the Inspectorate SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). Find out about learning Dutch and the courses offered by the City of Amsterdam as another means of safeguarding yourself. Of course, IN Amsterdam is also available to assist with any questions about living or working in the Netherlands.