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Transition payment

If your employment ends on or after 1 January 2018, you may be eligible for a transition payment. You could use this allowance for education or training, or to make your transition to your next job smoother. Do you qualify for a transition allowance? If so this will always be stated in the letter you receive regarding the termination of your employment contract.

Amount of the payment

The amount of the transition payment is determined by your monthly salary and the number of years you have worked for the university. The maximum amount of the payment is €79,000 gross. If your annual salary is higher than €79,000, the maximum amount of your payment is equal to one year’s gross salary.

You can find more information about the amount of the payment and a calculator (Dutch only) on the government’s website (Dutch only). The amount of the payment will be determined definitively and paid at the end of your period of employment.

Am I eligible?

The transition payment is available to both permanent and temporary employees. You may be eligible for a transition payment if you meet the following conditions:

  • You were dismissed from your job on or after 1 January 2018.
  • You have worked here for two years or longer.
  • You were involuntarily dismissed: it was the university that took the initiative for ending your permanent contract or not renewing your temporary contract. 

Why might I not be eligible?

You do not have the right to a transition payment in the following cases:

  • You were dismissed before 1 January 2018.
  • You resigned from your job on your own initiative.
  • You have worked here for less than two years.
  • You were offered the opportunity to renew your contract before it ended, but you did not take up this offer.
  • You began a new employment contract at the university before the end of your previous contract. The new contract does not begin immediately after your current contract ends, but it does begin within six months.
  • Your contract is ending because or after you reached pension age.
  • You have been dismissed as a result of seriously culpable conduct or negligence.
  • Your contract is ending by mutual agreement.
  • You are eligible for subsequent BWNU benefits and your contract is ending for business economic reasons.

Transition payment and subsequent BWNU benefits

If you are eligible for subsequent BWNU benefits and your contract is ending for business economic reasons, you are not eligible for a transition payment. If you have waived your right to subsequent BWNU benefits in writing prior to dismissal, you do have the right to receive a transition payment. Your HR adviser can give you more information about this decision.

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