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Civil Servants (Normalisation of Legal Status) Act (WNRA) from 1 January 2020

1 May 2019

The Civil Servants (Normalisation of Legal Status) Act (WNRA) will come into force on 1 January 2020. This means that all staff members of the University will then be covered by the same law as public sector employees.

Employment conditions will stay the same

In practice, there will be very few changes for you. Your employment conditions and employee benefits will stay the same. All the agreements, decisions and commitments relating to your present appointment will simply be transferred unchanged to your new employment contract. Your salary and holidays, for example, will not change in any way.

What will change

The most important changes are:

  • Your appointment will become an employment contract

In practice, the differences between an appointment decision and an employment contract are quite minor, and you can read more about them on the WNRA page. You are not required to do anything, and no new documents will be sent to your home.

  • You will no longer be a civil servant
     
  • The dismissal procedure
    From next year, if the University wants to dismiss a staff member with a permanent contract, it will have to obtain a dismissal permit from the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) or a judgement from the subdistrict court. Employees previously needed to lodge objections and appeals after they had received a dismissal decision.

Preparing for the WNRA

Leiden University and the other universities started preparing for the introduction of this Act in 2018. For instance, the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and the Leiden University implementation regulations are being adjusted in line with the WNRA. We will keep you informed about the further developments.

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