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No-risk polis for sickness when hiring unemployed with disabilities

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
Adaptation of the Law on wage payment during sickness, which exempts employers to pay wages during the first two years of sickness when hiring unemployed with disabilities. Since 2009 the polis also applies for the hiring of unemployed older than 50 years. The policy is meant as a form of risk reduction for employers, stimulating them to hire vulnerable groups.
Target group
Disabled
Policy Field
  • employment
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Since 2004 for unemployed on disability benefits, since 2009 also for unemployed older than 55 in 2009 (which ends in 2019)
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural for disability benefits, temporary for older unemployed
  • Spatial coverage: National
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The no-risk polis aims to reduce the financial risk for employers when they hire unemployed with disabilities or older unemployed, who may have a large risk at becoming sick. The no-risk polis means that when these workers become sick, the employer does not have to pay wages during the first two years of sickness: these are paid by the unemployment agency UWV. The polis is valid for five years, after which employers become responsible for paying wages during sickness according to the act on wage payment during sickness.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Temporary measure for older unemployed, structural measure for disabled unemployed
Type of innovation
  • other (exemption from the general law on wage payment during sickness for a specific vulnerable group)
New outputs
  • governance (Shift of employers? responsibility to the government to pay wages during sickness for a specific vulnerable group)
Intended target group
Unemployed on disability benefits (WIA or WAJONG or WSW), older unemployed (55 or older in 2009). Social assistance recipients with acknowledged disabilities can also be eligible for the no-risk polis.
Working age population
  • employment situation (Unemployed)
  • main source of income: social protection (Disability Benefits or Social Assistance )
Employers-private institutional actors
All employers
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Implementation)
  • central state (Regulation)
Intended output
  • governance (Shift of employers? responsibility to the government to page wages during sickness for a specific vulnerable group)
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
No empirical evaluation has been found, which means assessment of the impact on resilience is not possible.
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