22 September 2021

Update: Draft bill on the security screening of investments, mergers and acquisitions

In previous news items of 14 September 2020 and 8 March 2021, I informed you of the draft bill on the Economy and National Security Review. In the news item of 8 March 2021, I reported that the cabinet had agreed on 18 December 2020 to send the bill to the Council of State for its advice and that the bill would be made public when submitted to the Lower House.

For more information, please contact: Rens M.R. Berrevoets

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20 September 2021

Employers (suddenly?) allowed to ask about vaccination status

‘Of course employers can ask whether you have been vaccinated’, suggested the Minister of Health during the last coronavirus press conference. ‘Employers may ask about vaccination status, is suddenly the opinion of the government’, was the headline in the Volkskrant (a Dutch national newspaper), shortly afterwards.

For more information, please contact: Sam E.J.M. van Well

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1 September 2021

Temporary Act COVID-19 Justice & Security extended until 1 October 2021

By Royal Decree dated 27 April 2021, the Temporary Act COVID-19 Justice and Security (the "Temporary Act") was extended until 1 October 2021.

For more information, please contact: Stef T. van Heezik

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2 August 2021

Legislative amendments and other developments in the field of employment law as of 1 July 2021

On 1 July 2021 a number of important legislative changes and other developments in the field of employment law have entered into effect. We have set out the most important below.

For more information, please contact: Sam E.J.M. van Well

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12 July 2021

Consultation on Temporary turbo liquidation transparency Act

On 28 June 2021 the Minister of Legal Protection presented the preliminary draft of the Temporary turbo liquidation transparency Act for consultation. The preliminary draft bill aims to implement temporary amendments to the statutory rules concerning the so-called turbo liquidation as included in Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. The proposed amendments mainly concern the introduction of an obligation for directors to draw up a financial account and the possibility of imposing an administrative ban for directors in the event of abuse.

For more information, please contact: Thijs L. Butter

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5 July 2021

Sandy van der Schaaf appointed as partner of HEUSSEN Lawyers & Civil Law Notaries

HEUSSEN is proud to announce that Sandy van der Schaaf has been appointed as partner of HEUSSEN Lawyers & Civil Law Notaries with effect from 1 July 2021.

Sandy works as advocaat and Rechtsanwältin in the Banking & Finance practice and also leads the German desk of the Amsterdam office.

For more information, please contact: Sandy van der Schaaf

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1 July 2021

Management and Supervision of Legal Entities Act entered into force on 1 July 2021

On 1 July 2021, the Management and Supervision of Legal Entities Act (hereinafter referred to as: the "Act") entered into force, except for two parts which will enter into force at a later date that still needs to be determined. In November 2020, we published a news article regarding the most significant changes under the Act. Below, we will summarize certain key elements of the Act. In addition, some remarks regarding the applicable transitional law will be made.

For more information, please contact: Stef T. van Heezik

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4 June 2021

The Guideline on General Criteria for Working from Home: an interpretation of the criterion 'working from home where possible'

Working from home whenever possible. This has been the new standard since the beginning of the corona pandemic. Because there is lack of clarity as to when working from home is considered not possible, the Dutch government has developed some criteria in the ‘Guideline on General Criteria for Working from Home’ to help employers in their assessment.

For more information, please contact: Sam E.J.M. van Well

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7 May 2021

Changes to the scope of the annual accounts exemption as a result of Brexit

As a result of Brexit, the United Kingdom (hereinafter the ‘’UK’’) is no longer bound by EU law as of 1 January 2021. In a previous news item, we already noted that this may have consequences for legal entities incorporated in the UK that perform their activities entirely in the Netherlands. Brexit also has direct consequences for Dutch legal entities. One of these consequences is that Dutch group companies belonging to a group headed by a UK legal entity may no longer be able to apply the annual accounts exemption of section 2:403 of the Dutch Civil Code (DCC).

For more information, please contact: Stef T. van Heezik

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30 April 2021

BILL ON THE AMENDMENT BOOK 6 OF THE DUTCH CIVIL CODE RELATING TO THE SHORTENING OF THE STATUTORY PAYMENT TERM TO 30 DAYS

On 16 March 2021, a bill to amend Section 6:119a (6) of the Dutch Civil Code (DCC) in connection with shortening the statutory payment term to 30 days was submitted to the House of Representatives. The bill sets out that large companies are not allowed to agree on payment terms of longer than 30 days with SMEs (including small independent businesses).

For more information, please contact: Luuk Rietveld

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