Regeling v Bestuur van de Bedrijfsvereniging voor de Metaalnijverheid

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Regeling v Bestuur van de Bedrijfsvereniging voor de Metaalnijverheid
Court European Court of Justice
Decided 14 July 1998
Citation(s) (1999) C-125/97, [1999] IRLR 379
Keywords
Insolvency protection

Regeling v Bestuur van de Bedrijfsvereniging voor de Metaalnijverheid (1999) C-125/97 is a European insolvency law and labour law case, concerning the protection of employees' salaries on their employer's insolvency.

Facts[edit]

Mr Regeling was a Dutch welder. He received sporadic pay from January 1991 until August 1991 when with notice the contract was terminated and the employer went bankrupt. He claimed pay from the Bestuur van de Bedrijfsvereniging voor de Metaalnijverheid, the guarantee institution for employee's claims in the Netherlands. This was turned down because the period guaranteed was 13 weeks before termination, and in that period, making up for prior shortfalls, more than normal wages were paid.

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The European Court of Justice held that Mr Regeling still had a good claim, because the employers late payments should be set off first against the outstanding wage debt. To do otherwise would undermine the minimum protection of the guarantee.

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