Your rights and obligations as an employee

Every employee has rights and obligations, which are laid down in the USA employment law. When you come into employment somewhere it is good to know how this works. Below you will therefore find an overview of your most important rights and obligations as an employee.

The salary

If you perform work for an employer under an employment contract, the employer is obliged to pay you salary for this. As an employee in the Netherlands you may not earn less than the legal minimum wage within your age category.


As an employee you are obliged to perform the agreed work yourself and to the best of your ability. In addition, as an employee, you are obliged to follow reasonable orders and instructions from your employer. Failure to do so will result in a refusal to work and instant dismissal is possible.


Every employee is legally entitled to at least fifteen vacation days per year with full-time employment of at least one year. You should, however, consult with your employer about how to take your vacation days, and the available vacation periods in some industries are laid down in a collective labor agreement.

Your rights in the event of illness

If you are not able to work due to illness, you are entitled to temporary continued payment of your salary. The length of this scheme is laid down in your CAO and / or employment contract. As an employee you must cooperate in discussions with the company doctor and possible reintegration.

Working Conditions

As an employee you have the right to have your employer ensure safe working conditions. Your employer must do this by maintaining all necessary materials and the business premises, and by adhering to safety regulations.