If an employee falls ill and as a consequence is fully or partially incapacitated for work, this too will have consequences for the employer. Dealing with incapacity for work is a tough situation that can also involve much emotion.


There is an extensive system of laws and rules governing incapacity for work. These include the prohibition of dismissing an employee during a period of illness, the obligation to continue paying wages for the first 104 weeks of incapacity for work and the obligations upon both employer and employee in respect of finding suitable employment in the first and second track.


Incapacity for work is not only a matter for the employer and the employee; other relevant parties include the UWV and the company doctor. The company doctor is the medical expert on whose advice both employer and employee must be able to rely. The UWV is the controlling body responsible for monitoring the reintegration programme and the efforts of both employer and employee.

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