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What are the rules with respect to vacation days?

Vacation days 

According to Dutch law the employee is entitled to vacation days with a statutory minimum of four times the weekly working days. That is 20 days for an employee working five days a week. Parties often agree on more days than the statutory minimum. In general employers offer 24 or 25 vacation days. If a Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) is applicable this agreement can determine how many vacation days the employee is entitled to. 

The employer continues to pay wages during the employee’s holiday. 

Besides the vacation days the employee is issually free from work on the public holidays


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