October 27, 2020

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Dutch company pays sabbaticals for employees: up to six …

Dutch company pays sabbaticals for employees: up to six ...

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Employees at the Dutch insurance company Aegon no longer have to answer the phone when the boss calls or check their mail when they are not working. The new collective agreement contains a “right to inaccessibility”. In addition, Aegon will continue to pay employees who spend a sabbatical year.

From now on, Aegon employees can take a two-month break every seven years and keep part of their salary: in the first month they receive 70%, in the second month 50% of what they normally receive. After that, you have the option of staying away from work for another four months without pay.

A pilot with unlimited vacation will also start in Aegon next year. Employees retain their unlimited vacation rights, but can also take more in consultation with their line manager.

Right to inaccessibility

The right to inaccessibility is a direct consequence of working from home during the Korona, says Maarten Edixhoven, Director of Aegon Netherlands: “In the last few months it has become even more clear how important it is to have a good work-life balance. Home has become more of a workplace. I would like to continue to take this into account by making sure that the possibilities for flexible working are appropriate both technologically and personally.

The right to ignore your phone and email outside of work hours has been debated for years. In France the law is established by law.