23 April 2020
The UWV began accepting NOW applications on Monday 6 April 9.00 am.
The NOW is intended to compensate an employer for their wage costs when faced with an acute decline in turnover due to extraordinary circumstances.
The government has chosen to pay this allowance in the form of a subsidy. A subsidy is an entitlement to a financial compensation from the government that is provided for certain activities of the applicant (4:21 General Administrative Law Act (Dutch: “Awb”). The definition of subsidy includes that the allowance is granted for a specific purpose. The purpose of NOW is to retain jobs.
Applications can be made retroactively from 1 March. Do you want to make sure that your application is going well? We are happy to help you with this.
Please note: if the company is a group company, then the decrease in turnover is assessed at group level.
The government and the UWV try to make the application process as easy and clear as possible. Nevertheless, you are expected to sign a letter of intent stating, among other things, that “you understand and accept that the provisions of the General Administrative Law Act apply to the application”. That is quite something.
Do you want to make sure that your application is going well? Then we are happy to help you with this.
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