This is what you have to known about the new Balanced Labor Market Act (WAB)


2020 is just around the corner! This means oliebollen, champagne and New Year’s resolutions. YES! And this is also the case at the government. Their New Year’s resolution is to reduce the difference between a permanent job and flex work. 

A new act will be introduced for this purpose on 1 January 2020: the Balanced Labor Market Act (WAB). That is quite a mouthful. We refer to it simply as the WAB. We outline in this email what this means for you. Not an easy read, but it is important. You should therefore read along. 

What? The WAB? The aim of the WAB is provide more certainty to on-call workers. Payrollers will have more rights. The Act also regulates that you are always entitled to payment in case of involuntary loss of work. Pretty good, right? Please note that not every paragraph may apply to you. Check below which rules will make your (working) life a lot more relaxed. That is what the WAB is ultimately intended to do!

Yes! There will be a minimum call-up period for on-call workers 

Called up to work two days in advance? The WAB ensures that on-call workers know where they stand sooner and better. This is the result of 2 new rules:

  1. If you have been called up and your client still cancels the work within 4 days, you will be paid the hours you would have worked as an on-call worker. How nice is that?
  2. If you are called up to work subject to a period of less than 4 days, you will have the right to refuse the shift from now on. Although you do make use very happy if you say YES whole-heartedly ;)

Entitlement to a fixed number of hours after at most 12 months of employment

Have you been working for us as an on-call worker for a prolonged period of time? If so, you will receive from us an offer for a fixed number of hours after at most 12 months of employment. This means that you are always certain that you work enough hours and you are able to pay for your round Friday night at the pub. 

You would prefer not to be bound by a fixed number of hours? That is fine too! You may always refuse our offer.

You will have other rights as payroller

If you are a payroller, you will have the same legal position and working conditions as other employees of your client as from 2020. This includes matters such as bonuses, leave and end-of-year bonus. Nice, right? You will receive more information about this in the next few weeks if this applies to you.

You are entitled to a transition payment as from day 1 

You are entitled to a transition payment if you are confronted with involuntary loss of work. The new Act means that this already applies from your first day of work. 

This is what you can count on 

Okay, there will be some changes in the new year. Will your contract with us be extended in the near future? If so, your new contract may look different from your current contract. Naturally, we will inform you if this is the case. 

More information 

Would you like to know more? Watch your email, Mijn Tempo-Team and the Tempo-Team app. 

Kind regards!