Work disability Prevention in the Netherlands: A Key Role for Employers

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This chapter addresses two laws that are the most striking part of the extensive Dutch work disability policy. Since 2004, Dutch employers have been required to formulate an action plan within eight weeks of a worker reporting sick, and they must pay at least 70% of the absent worker’s income for up to two years. Although these laws are effective, they are internationally completely out of range. Using sources that have remained largely inaccessible internationally, this chapter provides the historical backgrounds of the two laws. Their effects are explained, and the extent to which these laws are transferable to other countries and sustainable is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention
EditorsEllen MacEachen
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780429443398
ISBN (Print)9780429811951
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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