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This means the emergency measures (NOW 3) for your income

October 02, 2020

Since the start of the corona crisis, the government has been helping employers who are losing revenue. The third part of this support has now started: NOW 3. The schemes from the previous two packages are being gradually reduced and phased out. What does that mean? That you might receive less salary. Your employer can now even dismiss it to reduce wage costs. Our experts explain how that works.

What does NOW 3 mean for your salary?

In NOW 3 your salary can be reduced. This was not allowed under the previous NOWs: your employer supplemented the support, so that you simply received your salary. Didn't he? Then he received less subsidy or a fine. This is different under NOW 3: over time your employer may reduce the total salary costs (wage bill) in steps up to a maximum of 20%. This can have consequences for the amount of your salary.

Your employer has several options for lowering his wage bill. For example, he can agree with you and your colleagues that you will receive less wages in exchange for a job guarantee. In extreme cases, your employer can submit an application for dismissal to reduce the wage bill.

Guidance to new work

Does your employer choose to lower the wage bill by firing people? Then he has to do his best to guide everyone to new work. For this he can contact the UWV. If he doesn't, he will receive less NOW support.

Last May we wrote a blog about wage sacrifices. You can find it here.

What does the NOW 3 actually look like?

Is your employer losing turnover due to the corona crisis? Then he is eligible for state aid through the Emergency Bridging for Job Retention (NOW) measure. With this allowance, he can continue to pay the wages of you and your colleagues, and he is less likely to be forced to lower wages or fire people. This third support package applies from 1 October 2020 to July 2021. This period is divided into three three-month periods, for which employers can separately submit an application for support:

  • Period 1: October, November and December 2020
  • Period 2: January, February and March 2021
  • Period 3: April, May and June 2021

Do you want to know when your employer is entitled to support? Read more


We can imagine that the consequences of this emergency measure raise questions for your specific situation. Let us know, we will be happy to help you. Our Service Center experts are there for you every working day from 8.00:18.00 to XNUMX:XNUMX: or 0345 851 963.

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