What is the purpose of the NOW?
The purpose of the NOW is to prevent unemployment resulting from a sudden drop in turnover caused by extraordinary circumstances that cannot be considered to be a normal entrepreneurial risk (e.g. the Corona virus), to the extent that the turnover drops with at least 20%.
Read here our Q&A, in which the most important aspects of this arrangement are discussed.
On 1 May 2020, the Minister announced a number of changes to the NOW scheme. These changes entered into force on 5 May 2020. We would like to refer you to this document in which the new Article 6a NOW is explained and a number of key concepts are discussed in more detail.