As of 1 April 2023, new rules will apply to requests for additional postponement for the purpose of negotiations with the employee. When a request for dismissal for business economic reasons is submitted to the UWV, it is customary to first submit a so-called A-form and then to enter into discussions with the employee concerned about an amicable settlement. UWV usually allows a two-week period for this. If the parties do not reach an agreement within this two-week period, the UWV will, upon request, extend this period by a further week. From 1 April 2023, the employer must submit this request for extension of the postponement in good time and with reasons. The UWV will examine the request and inform the employee concerned of the dismissal request submitted and the employer’s request for an additional postponement. A request for an extension of the postponement must contain the following information:
- the status of the negotiations;
- the reasons why the current negotiation period is insufficient;
- a justification of how many more days are needed for negotiations; and
- additional information about the employee: private email address and private mobile phone number (for the purpose of secure email communication).
Author: Ilaha Muhseni