Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Norway as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Norway: Home office regulation

The Home Office Regulation has been amended to tidy up its various safeguards …

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Norway: Occupational pension reforms

Occupational pension reforms take full effect this Summer …

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Norway: New rules for home office from July 2022

Amendments to the Home Office Regulations will apply from 1st July 2022 …

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Norway: Norway manufacturing unions, employers agree wage deal

A new collective agreement has been reached with unions in the Norwegian manufacturing sector …

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Norway: Proposed amendments to Working Environment Act intend to strengthen employees’ rights to full-time employment

Proposed amendments to the Working Environment Act will strengthen the right to full-time employment …

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Norway: Tribunal solution for retaliation cases

Disputes concerning alleged retaliation after an employee has been a whistleblower may now be dealt with by the Norwegian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal instead of the courts …

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Norway: Extension of access to membership in pension schemes

Temporary rules that give employers the opportunity to decide whether redundant employees shall continue as members of their pension scheme have been extended until 30th September 2021 …

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Norway: Sickness absence (Q1 2021)

During Q1 2021, average sickness absence (adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations) for employees aged 16–69, who were either self-certified or certified by a doctor, stood at 5 …

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Norway: Prohibition on cash salary payment

Employers should note that from 1st January 2022, it will be unlawful to pay employees in cash …

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Norway: Flyr and the pilot union sign collective agreement

The low cost airline Flyr has just signed a collective agreement with the Norwegian Pilots Association …

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Norway: DPA issues fine for forwarding e-mail

When a company asked an employee to set up automatic forwarding of their emails to a shared corporate address for operational reasons they did not realize that they would set in train an investigation by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (NDPA) and trigger a NOK400,000 (US$48,070) fine …

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Norway: LO and NHO agree temporary changes to temporary lay-off rules

One problem for employers during the pandemic has been that operational demands have been constantly changing – thus necessitating short resumptions of work for those employees otherwise temporarily laid off …

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Norway: Unions, employers reach wage deal to avoid strike

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) has just reached an agreement with The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the smaller YS Union, following 13 hours of talks with the help of a government mediator …

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Norway: Accommodation must be approved in advance (COVID-19)

Foreign workers who travel to Norway to perform assignments on a short stay basis and who can document that their employer is providing them with suitable accommodation are no longer required to stay at a quarantine hotel …

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Norway: Border control during the health crisis

The borders with Sweden and Finland have now been opened up to daily commuting foreign workers …

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