From time to time we inform the employees about subjects that may be important for your terms of employment. In this post we will inform you about travel time.
Your employer may ask you to agree to a change of work location if there is a compelling interest. A compelling interest may be the merger of two companies, as a result of which your work or position is moved. Whether this change is reasonable depends, among other things, on your new travel time. We are happy to explain that in this post.
If the employer wants to change your place of employment, the travel time will also change. Whether that new travel time is reasonable must be assessed on the basis of all the facts and circumstances of the case. There is not one right or wrong answer for this. However, there are certain guidelines that apply from the UWV and the judiciary. Usually a travel time of a maximum of 1,5 hours one way is assumed. If your travel time has become longer than 1,5 hours one way due to the change of location, the change cannot be reasonable.
Social plan asr
Employers with a social plan often have agreements about travel time. This also applies to Aegon's social plan. There is a small group of employees who moved from asr Utrecht to Aegon The Hague. They may be able to make use of the provisions of the asr social plan. This social plan also states that if the travel time due to the change of location exceeds 90 minutes, you will become redundant. Then you can use the provisions of the social plan.
Social plan Aegon
The rules regarding a change of base and the associated travel time are included in Article 5.2. In short, the agreements include the following:
- If the commute time for commuting has increased to more than 90 minutes per day, you are entitled to travel time compensation.
- For 24 months, the daily working time is reduced by the number of minutes by which the total travel time per day exceeds 90 minutes. If you already have a travel time longer than 90 minutes per day, only the increased travel time per day will be compensated.
- The regulation on commuting costs remains applicable, but the maximization of the number of kilometers to be reimbursed does not apply for a period of 24 months.
- The applicable removal costs scheme will be applied.
For each individual employee, the new travel time between place of residence and the new workplace must therefore be considered. This can be used to determine whether you can be required to change your place of employment, what your new travel time will be, or whether the travel time is too long, as a result of which you may become redundant in the social plan. If the latter is the case, you can make use of the provisions of the social plan.
Employees who now work in Aegon's current offices and transfer to asr in Utrecht will in most cases have to deal with increased travel time. The other way around would of course also be possible, employees from Utrecht can not be purchased be asked to work in a different office, for example if certain departments were to be merged. It must be assessed on a case-by-case basis whether this is reasonable. asr has not yet made any concrete announcements about (changes in) location(s). This will only become clear later in the integration process.
For Aegon's 'stayers' or remainco employees, there is also no clarity yet about when and where they will go. The location of the 'head office' in the Netherlands is expected to be announced later this year. Then you know what your new location and travel time will be.
Questions or remarks?
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