The term employment contract is regulated by law in Article 610 of Book 7 of the Dutch Civil Code. The text of the law article is as follows:

“The employment contract is the agreement in which one party, the employee, undertakes to perform work for a certain period of time in the service of the other party, the employer, for wages.”

From this article of law, 3 points are important for you as an employee. Namely:

  • Labor
  • Wage
  • Authority relationship between employer and employee

The judge also examines these 3 points to assess whether there is an employment contract. This does not have to be recorded on paper. It can also be a verbal agreement or can even be deduced from factual circumstances. These facts are also the basis for the contract and decisive, not necessarily on paper laid laid appointment.

Types of employment contracts

There are different types of employment contracts. The difference mainly lies in the duration of the agreement (temporary or indefinite period) and the degree of flexibility (on-call, zero hours or temporary employment contract).

The most common types are:

  1. Fixed-term employment contract
  2. Employment contract for an indefinite period
  3. Agency Agreement
  4. Zero hours agreement (call)
  5. Min-max agreement (call)
  6. Secondment Agreement
  7. Payroll Agreement

The collective labor agreement

Many employers are party to a collective labor agreement (short for collective labor agreement). Agreements have been made in the collective labor agreement regarding wages, holidays, illness, notice period and more. In general, a collective labor agreement has slightly more favorable rules than the statutory minimums.

Paying salary

One of your employer’s obligations is to always continue to pay your wages. The employment contract stipulates when she must do this. With a monthly wage, it may never take longer than a quarter before you have received it. If your employer does not do this, you are entitled to an increase in wages.

Your employer is also obliged to issue a pay slip with the first wage and every future change in the wage. This way you can always view important information about the salary you receive.

The lawyers of Arslan Lit Advocaten have extensive experience in handling employment law cases on behalf of employers. For questions about what Arslan Lit Advocaten can do for you, please email us ( or call us on 020 223 24 66. We are happy to assist you.