April 20, 2019

Seminar Russell Advocaten

Jan Dop and Reinier Russell. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy desk of Russell Advocaten hosted a seminar on Employment Law and Real Estate at their Amsterdam office on 12 June 2017.The goal was to present the Diplomatic community with valuable information in an easily accessible manner. During the seminar, practical legal questions and developments have been discussed in two parallel sessions. Workshop 1: Employment Law This workshop focused mainly on the effect of a personnel handbook in preventing employment-related legal issues. Topics discussed included: Content and drafting of a personnel handbook Which rules on, for example, employee absenteeism,…

Russell Advocaten hosts interactive Embassy seminar

On the picture Jan Dop and Rainier Russell. On 22 September 2016, Russell Advocaten hosted an interactive seminar for Embassies and Consulates in the Netherlands. The meeting was a great success and attended by many different Embassies. The seminar consisted of three parallel workshops on the most important topics pertaining to international diplomatic missions in The Netherlands, namely: Employment Law Real Estate (buying, selling, investments, permits) Dealing with the Dutch – Investment in the Netherlands Using practical examples, including cases presented by the participants, the specialist lawyers of Russell Advocaten identified key issues of every topic that Embassies and companies…

Nigerian Bar Association @ Russell Advocaten

On the picture from left to right: Mr. Jurjen S. Pen, Mr. Paul W.L. Russell, Mr. Augustine Alegeh SAN, and Mr. Pieter van Regteren Altena.   On 24 February 2016 a delegation of 40 members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) visited Russell Advocaten in Amsterdam for a seminar featuring prominent speakers, such as the President of the Amsterdam District Court and the Dean of the Amsterdam Bar Association. Russell Advocaten hosted this incoming trade mission upon request of the Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague. During the interactive Nigerian-Dutch Lawyers seminar, Paul Russell (senior partner at Russell Advocaten and…

Russell Advocaten’s seminar for the Nigerian Bar Association

Jan Dop, LL.M., Head of the Embassy Desk. Russell Advocaten a Dutch  full service law firm, will host a seminar for a (40 persons) delegation of the Nigerian Bar Association, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Subject: Seminar for the Nigerian Bar Association Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 Program: 10:00    Coffee/tea 10:30 Opening speech Paul W.L. Russell (Senior partner Russell Advocaten / former Senator) 10:40 Opening speech Augustine Alegeh SAN (President of the Nigerian Bar Association) 10:50 Opening speech Mr. P.N. van Regteren Altena (Dean of the Bar Association Amsterdam) 11:00 Lecture H.E. Mr  H.C. Naves (President of the Amsterdam District Court) regarding The…

Russell Advocaten hosts interactive lunch meeting on: “Employee sickness”

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, Russell Advocaten hosted the interactive lunch meeting on: “Employee sickness” for Embassies. For a photo album on the seminar, please click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157660742872392 This seminar covered the most important topics pertaining to sickness of employees: • Prevention of sickness • Medical statements and reporting sick (protocol) • Company doctor of Arbo service (re-integration) • (non) payment of salary • Termination during sickness.   Using practical examples, including cases presented by the participants, the specialist employment lawyers identified key issues that HR-responsibles at Embassies should be aware of to prevent problems with sick personnel. Russell Advocaten…

Restitution of colonial art

Do colonial artefacts from 55 African countries have to be returned by museums in the Netherlands and beyond? If so, what is the (legal) basis for restitution? By Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. Since the recent publication of a French report commissioned by the French President on the above question, France has made a modest start in returning colonial art from French museums. The debate on this matter has been underway for some time. The French President considered the “theft” of art from African countries “a crime against humanity”. This was the reason for him to return colonial art from French…

Personnel: Statutory minimum wage

By Jan Dop, LL.M. As of 1 January 2019, the statutory gross minimum wage for employees 22 years and older that work full-time will be: € 1,615.80   per month € 372.90   per week € 74.58   per day Please be informed that the law regarding gross minimum wage is statutory law. Therefore, the gross minimum wage also applies to employment contracts with foreign employees that habitually perform their work in the Netherlands, even in case a choice of law has been made in the employment contract. Statutory youth minimum wage Age Percentage Per month Per week Per day 21…

Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets

The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets is about to come into force. What does it mean? By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. The Dutch government is currently in the process of implementation of the European Trades Secrets Directive. The Directive aims at protecting non–public company information & knowhow from being obtained, used or disclosed unlawfully. The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Wet bescherming bedrijfsgeheimen; WBB) will soon enter into force for the purpose of implementation of the Directive. Prior to the entry into force of this Act the European Trades Secrets Directive will have direct effect in…

On-call employees

By Jan Dop. Many enterprises work with on-call employees. It is advantageous for employers because they can adapt their business operations to the developments in the market. But there are also benefits for on-call employees: they are free to work more or fewer hours and it can also be a step towards a permanent contract. What kind of contracts are there for on-call employees? What are the rights of on-call employees and which obligations do employers have to meet? There are three types of on-call contracts, zero-hours contracts, min.-max. contracts, and pre-agreements. However, since the introduction of the chain rule…

#MeToo at work: 4 tips

By Jan Dop. What can you do to prevent sexual harassment on the work floor? And what do you, as an employer, have to do if it does occur unexpectedly? Sexual harassment by managers continues to concern us, as can be seen from the Dutch TV broadcast “M”. The TV program dealt with men that are concerned about the consequences of their past conduct for their reputation. Actions glossed over ten or fifteen years ago are now no longer accepted. When allegations – whether right or wrong – are published, the genie is out of the bottle and cannot be…