Law and contracts

If you have just started working you get to deal with all sorts of legal affairs: you need to sign contracts with your client or employer. If you start as a self-employed professional or you are starting an organisation with others, you have to register your business at the Chamber of commerce. And when you are at work you have to deal with liability in case of accidents or damage. Make sure you inform yourself well on legal affairs.



Whether you work as an employee, contracter, volunteer, intern or temporary employee will effect your rights in work situations.


Collective labour agreements

In a collective labour agreement (collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst, cao), you will find agreements about terms and conditions of employment.


Working conditions act and working hours act

The Working Conditions Act (Arbowet) and Working Hours Act (Arbeidstijdenwet) impose (serious) obligations on the employer in order to protect…


Social safety

It is important that together you ensure that everyone feels safe in the workplace. There are also laws and regulations for that.



What is it? How can you prove that you hold the copyright? When are you allowed to use other people’s work? How can you make money from it?


Types of enterprise

Which type of enterprise will you choose? For example a sole proprietorship, foundation or private limited company?



If something goes wrong that has serious consequences, there is the issue of who is responsible and who is liable.


Legal advice

Make clear, written agreements to prevent conflicts. Or provide yourself with extra legal advice.