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It is Accountability Day again in The Hague, also known as minced meat day. On the third Wednesday in May, we traditionally hear from the Court of Audit whether politicians have handled our tax money properly. The chopping starts at 10:30 AM.
The number of unemployed is growing enormously. In April, the UWV granted twice as many unemployment benefits as a month earlier. Unemployment is rising in all sectors and especially young people with a flex contract are left in the loop. Statistics Netherlands had 314,000 unemployed in April, 41,000 more than a month earlier.
The NOW scheme has so far eased the pain on the labor market. This measure to maintain employment will be continued. What this NOW 2.0 looks like, we hear this afternoon. Minister Wouter Koolmees (Social Affairs) said earlier that the dismissal fine will disappear and the FNV union is strongly opposed to this.
The Efteling and Blijdorp zoo will open again today. Just in time for the Ascension weekend, but a last minute outing is not for most people. The zoo in Rotterdam first opens for season ticket holders and Efteling is fully booked until 2 June.
We’ve been working from home for months now and you might want to keep it that way. How can you make it a lasting success? And what about your rights and obligations if you don’t want to go to the office at all? In an extra broadcast at noon we answer questions about working from home. This Viewers to Z-special can be followed live on LinkedIn.
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