If you regularly work from home, there is good news. Employers will be able to pay a compensation of up to 2 euros per day next year, without having to pay tax on it. This fee covers, among other things, the consumption of gas, water and electricity, plus things such as a cup of coffee.
Now employers can also pay net 2 euros per day to employees who work from home, but this is at the expense of the free space in the work-related expenses scheme, or the employer has to allocate a much higher amount to be able to pay out 2 euros net per day after tax. , explains Joke Van der Velpen, Law & Regulation Team manager at HR service provider Visma-Raet.
The scheme makes it easier for employers to facilitate (partial) home working, she says. Of course, this only applies to professions where it is also possible to work from home. And for the days that you work from home, you will not receive a travel allowance.
In addition, you can follow a training course in 2022, both as a working person, but also if you do not have a job, without you or your employer having to pay for it. This so-called STAP budget of a maximum of 1000 euros is paid by the UWV.
This allows you to develop further without being dependent on your employer, says Van der Velpen.
It can also be useful for job seekers, because it makes it easier for them to find a job in an industry where work can be found, says the advisor. “This is in line with the view of the Borstlap Committee that Dutch people should continue to develop throughout their careers.”
Still purchasing power decline due to higher pension premium?
If you do not receive anything from your employer in 2022, you will only gain 7.75 euros per month with an average income, says Van der Velpen. That is an increase of 0.34%.
However, this does not take into account the possible increase in pension contributions. The premiums for 2022 will only be officially announced at the end of this year. According to Van der Velpen, there is a good chance that pension premiums will increase by more than 0.34 percent, which means that many Dutch people can ultimately decline, says Van der Velpen.
Paid parental leave
As of August 2 next year, parents (both fathers and mothers) can take nine weeks of paid parental leave in the first year of their child’s life. The amount is capped at 50 percent of your daily wage and a maximum applies to that daily wage.
This amount is redetermined every six months. As of 1 July of this year, it is 225.57 euros, or a monthly salary of about 4900 euros, according to Van der Velpen. As of January 1, that will be a few euros higher, she thinks.
’50 percent is more than 0 euros’
“This may remove a barrier to actually taking parental leave”, Van der Velpen expects. “50 percent is always more than 0 euros. Until now, nothing has been agreed in many collective labor agreements about paid parental leave, so if you want to take parental leave, then it is at your own expense.”
Now you can also take parental leave, a total of 26 times the number of hours you work per week, until your child is 8 years old. But if this is not regulated in your collective labor agreement, you will not be paid.
Furthermore, partners can already take five weeks of paid leave after the first six months that a baby is born.