14 December 2020
Booking.com has announced a large-scale reorganisation, as a result of which many positions will become redundant.
In anticipation of this forced termination and redundancy, the company has offered employees a voluntary leave scheme. The deadline to apply for this scheme closed on 21 October. An insufficient number of employees have accepted the voluntary leave scheme. For that reason, Booking.com will decide which additional positions will become redundant. Those employees will be offered a settlement agreement to which a so-called social plan will apply.
If this applies to you, please continue reading…
In the Netherlands, if an employer wishes to terminate your contract based on a reorganisation, it may only do so with either permission from the UWV (Employee Insurance Agency), or with your consent. As the process to request permission from the UWV takes time and incurs costs, employers frequently prefer to reach an agreement for termination by mutual consent via a settlement agreement.
The settlement agreement contains the terms and conditions under which the employment contract is terminated. As such, it is critical to your future options. These terms and conditions may already exist in a redundancy or social plan.
You can choose to accept the terms and conditions fully, to reject them, or to try to negotiate them.
If you need help, our legal experts can advise you on the terms you are offered and your rights in this situation.
GMW lawyers has worked with the expat community in the Netherlands for over 30 years. Over this time we have acquired a great deal of experience in dealing with certain international companies. We have assisted many Booking.com employees, so we know how the company works.
Our team brings this knowledge together in a packaged solution created especially and exclusively for employees of Booking.com whose jobs are at risk due to the current reorganisation.
We have designed this package to address key considerations of Booking.com employees facing termination and are offering it for a fixed fee.
The package comprises a review of documents and a written legal advice on your situation, for a fixed fee of EUR 750 excluding office costs and VAT.
This package includes a review of the following documents:
Based on the review of the documents, our lawyers can determine whether the offer Booking.com made is suitable for you or not.
After reviewing your documents, one of our employment lawyers will send you a written legal advice in English via email. This advice contains:
Based on this advice, you can make an informed decision on whether to accept Booking.com’s offer, reject it, or negotiate the terms.
Should you require extra advice or assistance, we can also support you with topics including:
Additional services can be individually selected based on your individual needs and are charged according to our standard hourly rates.
GMW lawyers has specific expertise regarding employment law for expats in the Netherlands. We understand the challenges that internationals face and the critical impact that work has on other aspects of your life here. Our lawyers are committed to helping you navigate Dutch law and find the best possible solution. Naturally, we can assist you in English.
Our lawyers have specific knowledge of and experience with Booking.com. This means we understand how the company works and we offer advice you can trust.
GMW lawyers is a multidisciplinary law firm, so our expertise crosses multiple areas of law. This allows us to assist you with other arising questions about work, pension, migration, housing and family.
Do you expect to be made redundant? Would you like to know more about our packaged solution for Booking.com employees?
Please contact us by phone, email or via our website. We have a dedicated team of employment law experts who are at your service.
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