In January of this year, we informed you about the legislative proposal of Minister Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment, which aims to increase the obligations of both the employer and the company doctor in relation to preventing illness among employees. On 13 September 2016, the Lower House of Parliament approved this legislative proposal after a rigorous discussion, thereby rejecting the majority of the amendments.
Earlier, during the debate on the legislative proposal, an amendment was already adopted by Minister Asscher. As a result it was then stipulated in the legislative proposal that failure to report occupational diseases by a company doctor is considered an offense, which can be fined by a penalty. This section will enter into force later than the rest of the legislative proposal. The adopted amendment stipulates that a decision of Minister Asscher to enter this section into force will, in due time, first be submitted to the House of Representatives. Furthermore, only one more amendment was passed by the House of Representatives, which is an amendment regulating that it is mandatory to include in the basic contract between the employer and the company doctor will advise on preventive measures relating tot the general working conditions. Apart from a motion which called on the government to develop a work program to avoid long term absenteeism in the work place, another motion and the other amendments were rejected by the House of Representatives.
The Sanat will now consider the legislative proposal. We will keep you informed on any developments.