On this page you can find information about your rights and obligations as an employee in the event of incapacity for work and illness.

Reporting illness

When you are ill, it is important that you immediately report this to your employer. The employer may hereby ask how long you suspect the absence will last and whether the illness is attributable to the work.

Continued payment of wages

When you are ill, your employer is obliged to continue to pay wages for a maximum of 2 years. This amounts to 70% of the last earned salary. However, it has been laid down by law that the employer has two waiting days with the continued payment of wages. You will therefore not be paid for the first two days that you are ill.

Occupational physician

During the first week that you are sick, your employer can call in an independent company doctor. This doctor assesses your situation and will inform your employer about possibilities for reintegration. If it is not possible for you to return to your old position, the employer is obliged to find you a new suitable position within the company. When it is not available, your employer must find you a position outside the company.

If you do not agree with the opinion of the company doctor, you can request an expert opinion from the UWV.


Your employer may not dismiss you during illness. An exception applies if there is a trial period, instant dismissal, illness for more than two years, a temporary contract that will not be extended, reaching retirement age and you do not wish to participate in reintegration.

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 ( info@arslanlitadvocaten.nl ) or call us on 020 223 24 66. We are happy to assist you.