Imagine one day, your company’s management breaks it to you that it’s not their intention to extend your contract. How would you react to that? The sooner you realise you need to find another job the better.
But what if the time since you heard the bad news is not enough to find another job? What are your choices then? Well, UWV is one of them. UWV stands for Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen or Social Security Agency.
Benefits provided by UWV
UWV provides the employment benefits that are determined by Dutch law:
Unemployment benefit (WW-uitkering)
The unemployment benefit is determined by the Unemployment Insurance Act (WW or Werkloosheidswet).
These are benefits for partially or fully disabled people and are determined by the Work and Income according to Labour Capacity Act (WIA or Wet werk en inkomen naar arbeidsvermogen).
Maternity / Paternity benefit
The benefit for pregnancy, adoption and foster care (Wazo-uitkering) is determined by the Work and Care Act (Wazo or Wet arbeid en zorg).
The benefit for those that are sick and are not entitled to a wage from an employer (Ziektewet-uitkering) is determined by the Sickness Benefits Act (Ziektewet).