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Netherlands: Contracts of employment

Updating author: Wouter Engelsman and Jasper Hoffstedde, CLINT | Littler

Original authors: Mark Carley and Robbert H. van het Kaar

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  • An employment contract can be oral or in writing, although certain terms must be in writing. (See General)
  • The main legal distinction is between open-ended and fixed-term employment contracts. (See Types of contract)
  • Employers must provide employees with a written statement of the main contract terms, setting out certain information. (See Written statement of terms of employment)