Social Security Law


The Netherlands has a comprehensive social security system that is based on solidarity and fraternity. The social security system in the Netherlands consists of social services and social insurances. Social insurances can be subdivided into national insurances and employee insurances.              

Technically, it is compulsory for anyone employed in the Netherlands to be insured under the Dutch Employee Insurance Schemes. These are referred to as ‘werknemersverzekeringen‘ in the Netherlands. For example, based on the Sickness Benefits Act (ZW), an employer is obligated to continue paying their employee a percentage of their salary for the first 104 weeks of sickness. Employers may also be confronted with an increase in premiums that are paid to employees who are unable to work under the Return to Work (Partially or temporarily Disabled Persons) scheme WGA and the Sickness Benefits Act.  

In addition to these financial risks, the employer can also appeal to various benefits under social security schemes. For example, when hiring or employing partially incapacitated employees.

Also, the Unemployment Insurance Act (WW) is an important safety net for employees in case of individual or collective dismissal by the employer. But under what circumstances can employees rely on the Unemployment Insurance Act?


Our experts can assist you with any issues relating to the field of an employee’s social  insurance and income as set out in the Work and Income (Capacity for Work) Act (WIA), the Dutch Disability Insurance Act (WAO) as well as the Sickness Benefits Act (ZW) and the Unemployment Insurance Act (WW)

Your first point of contact:

Karin Kamps

Legal expertise is not enough when dealing with a client who was involved in an accident. As a representative, you must have a practical attitude and be able to work with other experts such as medical experts or experts in human resources. Being a good listener is very important in my profession. An accident can turn someone's life upside down.

You need courage and perseverance to take decisions in complex matters, such as permanent injuries after an operation that wasn’t performed well. In more simple cases, it’s also a good idea to hire an expert to get to the best solution. As a victim, you already have enough on your mind and you probably lack legal expertise.

I have extensive experience in various areas of law. This comes in handy in the personal injury practice I work in. Experience with work disability law and employment law, as well as experience with the WMO (Social Support Act) is an added value. After all, an accident often also has consequences for your work, or you may have to deal with disability benefits.