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What should you do if you lose your job?

Dismissal by Corona

Whether it is due to a reorganization, unexpected redundancy or corona: when you are told that you will lose your job, it is of course a shock. You have to let it sink in for a while. But don't dwell too long. Get started right away, so you can take the right steps in time. Our specialists will give you a few tips.

Legal advice

If you are fired, it is wise to seek legal advice. It gives peace of mind to know that someone with an understanding of business is looking at everything carefully for you. Therefore, do not sign anything until you have discussed your situation with a legal expert. Such as a settlement agreement in the event of dismissal by mutual consent. This contains agreements about your departure from your employer, which is great to be sure that they are correct and complete. It is also important to know whether you can apply for unemployment benefit after your dismissal. In this blog you can read more about settlement agreements.

Need legal advice on dismissal? De Unie happy to help you.

Guidance to other work

Perhaps you can make agreements with your employer about guidance towards new work. Sometimes there is a budget for (re) training and outplacement. You can use this to see what your qualities are and where you can use them to continue your career. Your employer is not obliged to help you with this, unless it is included in a social plan. De Unie tries to make agreements about this for you during negotiations.

Less income

When you lose your job, you have less income. You can compensate for this with unemployment benefit. Check carefully whether you are entitled to this. In addition, keep in mind that your pension accrual will stop when you leave your employer's service. Ask your pension provider what will happen to your pension and whether you can continue your contribution on a voluntary basis. Finally, you may be entitled to allowances, for example for your rent or health insurance. On the website of the tax authorities you can find out if you are entitled to it.


You can apply for unemployment benefit from one week before your first day of unemployment until a week after at the latest. Nevertheless, your obligations for unemployment benefit already start the moment you know that you will become unemployed. So immediately start looking for new work. Maybe that our blog with application tips helps you with that.

Lost job due to corona

Due to the coronavirus and government measures, many jobs are disappearing from the labor market. Are you out of a job, or are you afraid that your employment will come to an end? Then you can contact Toekomstpro(o)f van De Unie and the Trade Union Center for Professionals (VCP). For example, for new work, career advice, (re)training or financial insight. Future Pro(o)f is part of the regional mobility teams, an initiative of the government. From there, our career counselors work on your future.

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Are you faced with dismissal, are you offered a settlement agreement or do you want to have your new employment contract checked? Feel free to contact us, even if you are not a member. Our Service Center is available every working day from 8.00:18.00 am to XNUMX:XNUMX pm via and 0345 851 963.