Left-wing parties in parliament voted against the bill, as they believe that the easing of the dismissal rules will erode the position of employees. To meet some of the opposition’s wishes, the bill was amended to improve the position of “payrolling employees”, who will become entitled to the same pension arrangements as regular employees benefit from.
The bill reintroduces the rules on chains of temporary employment agreements which existed before the WWZ’s introduction in 2015. This means that if the bill becomes law, the maximum period of a “chain” will go back to being three years, instead of the current two years. However, the interval between two temporary agreements that can “break” the chain will remain six months, instead of the pre-WWZ period of three months. This gives employers a longer period to decide whether there is enough work left to offer employees a permanent contract. The widely criticised proposal to expand the trial period in permanent contracts from two to five months has been removed from the bill.