Currently, employers are required to continue to pay at least 70% of salary (up to a maximum amount) during an employee’s first 104 weeks of illness. During this period, the employer may not (in principle) terminate the employment agreement. This continued payment requirement is considered to be very burdensome, especially for smaller businesses. The coalition agreement now states that small companies (employing up to 25 employees) will only be required to continue salary payments during the first 52 weeks. The employee will continue to have protection against dismissal during the full 104 weeks, but the UWV will take over the obligation to pay wages to the employee.