Benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme

Please note! If your dismissal is the result of a reorganization that was decided on before 1 January 2014, you fall under the Netherlands Universities Enhanced Unemployment Scheme of 2013 (Bovenwettelijke werkloosheidsuitkeringen Nederlandse Universiteiten (BWNU)), not the BWNU for the year 2014. Please go to the HR manager of your faculty or service department for more information.

Netherlands universities have their own unemployment benefit scheme as a supplement to the Unemployment Act. This Netherlands Universities Enhanced Unemployment Scheme (Bovenwettelijke Werkloosheidsregeling Nederlandse Universiteiten, BWNU) forms part of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities and has two types of benefits: a supplementary and a subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme. The BWNU is implemented by Raet BPO Uitkeringsadministraties.

Supplementary benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme

If, during the year before you became unemployed, your average daily wage exceeded the statutory maximum daily wage (€ 197 gross per day on 1 January 2014), you will probably be entitled to a supplementary benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme.

The supplementary benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme will, during the first 2 months, make up your unemployment benefit to 75% of your actual daily wage (i.e. not the daily wage subject to a maximum). After that, the unemployment benefit is made up to 70% of your actual daily wage.

The period of the supplementary benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme equals the unemployment benefit period. If you receive unemployment benefit for 3 months (basic benefit), you will also receive the supplementary benefit for only 3 months. If the unemployment benefit period is longer (extended benefit period), this will also apply to the period of the supplementary benefit.

Subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme

If you are entitled to unemployment benefit and are 45 years of age or older at the time you become unemployed, you may, after the end of the unemployment benefit period, be entitled to a subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme. In that case, however, your term of service must be at least 7 years.

If, on the first day of unemployment, your term of service is at least 7 years and you are at least 45 years but not yet 50 years of age, you will, after the end of the unemployment benefit period, still be entitled to a subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme for a maximum of 2 years. If you are 50 years of age or older on the first day of unemployment, the subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme will be paid for a maximum of 3 years.

If your term of service is at least 12 years on the first day of unemployment and you reach state pension age within 10 years after this day, the period in which you receive a subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme will be extended up to a maximum period of 10 years, including the total unemployment benefit period.

The subsequent benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme amounts to 70% of the actual daily wage. This is subject to a maximum of 70% of the scale amount and the holiday allowance pertaining to scale 12 step 10 under the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

You apply for the benefit under the Enhanced Unemployment Scheme using a form which you can download from the

VSNU website. Please make sure that both parts of this form (employer's and employee's part) are completed, signed and sent, together with the required appendices and within 7 days after the start of unemployment, to RAET BPO Uitkeringsadministraties. Please contact the Service Desk of the Human Resources in order to have the employer's part of the form completed and signed.

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Unemployment benefit

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Netherlands Universities Enhanced Unemployment Scheme