A principle of Dutch dismissal law is the requirement of prior consent from either a judge or the Labour office to end an employment relation. This system has been subject to much criticism in the past; there is hardly a reasonable explanation for having two separate routes towards unilateral termination for which financial and procedural implications vary considerably. A prior check is sometimes felt to unreasonably limit the employer in organizing the work as he sees fit.

There appears to be a majority in Parliament in favour of introducing a right for the employer to terminate the employment, and the opportunity for the employee to challenge the dismissal if he feels it is unjust. A legislative proposal to that effect has been submitted to the House of Representatives earlier. However, details are not yet clear and further discussion is expected only after the 12 September 2012 elections.