Employee Participation Law

Employee participation refers to the various options available to employees to exercise an influence on key decisions about their organisation. Employee participation is regulated in a number of laws, the most important of which is the Works Councils Act. Employee participation rights can also be included in collective labour agreements, expanding the statutory employee participation rights. There is no doubt that employee participation is important. It has not without reason been recognised as a fundamental right, also at European level.

Employee participation law is an important part of the employment law practice at DingemansVanderKind. We regularly advise on this aspect of the law, for example on the advisory and approval rights of works councils. Our involvement often goes beyond merely advising on the strictly legal aspects of employee participation, and includes offering support in the employee participation process, for example when drafting documents (including requests for advice from the entrepreneur or advice issued by the works council) as well as holding negotiations with entrepreneur or the works council.