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2002-07-01 - Civil Court of Assen, n. 2002/189

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The obligation to work on religious holidays cannot be imposed without compelling reasons

Key facts of the case - An employer sought to have two employees – home caregivers – work on Saturdays and Sundays. Employees refused for religious reasons.

Main reasoning of the court - The court holds that employees can only be scheduled on weekends in case of compelling reasons can be shown. Employer argues that a more flexible workforce is required since the demand for care has increased in the evenings and weekends. This is in the end not accepted as a compelling reason to force employees to work on weekends.