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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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Comments (2)
Comment by Geetanjali Mungari on Fri, Feb 24th, 2017 at 10:41 AM
If the employee takes half a day leave on Saturday, Sunday is his weekly day off but Monday he is again on leave, is the Sunday to be considered a holiday?
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Tue, Apr 11th, 2017 at 2:48 PM
If the employee never works on Sunday then it is not treated as a holiday but as a non working day. This doesn‘t change if he is on leave on the Saturday before and the Monday thereafter. It is still a non working day and it won‘t affect the number of available vacation days.
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