Recent news

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

Norway: The Norwegian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has awarded its first compensation for gender-based discrimination in the workplace

A cosmetic nurse has been awarded damages and compensation for non-economic loss by a Tribunal for being discriminated against on grounds of her pregnancy …

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Norway: Parliament outlaws hate speech against trans people

A new law has been approved by Parliament making it a criminal offence to say anything that may be classified as “hate speech” against transgender people in private conversations …

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Norway: Safe union breaks off oil service wage talks

Although employees working for the principal oil companies in the Norwegian offshore sector and many contractors have agreed to new wage rates, the “Safe” labour union covering oil service workers has not reached agreement with the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG) …

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Norway: Temporary lay-off periods of 52 weeks extended until July 2021

The system for temporary lay-offs (TLO) in Norway differs markedly from other countries …

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Norway: Temporary regulations on exemption from the obligation to make wage reporting and withholding tax

Special regulations have been introduced covering employees normally resident in Norway who have been homeworking during the health crisis for their employer based abroad …

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Norway: Expat workers most vulnerable in crisis

Expatriate employees from outside the EEA/UK area who are laid off during the current health crisis will not receive unemployment benefits, even though they have been paying into the social security system …

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Norway: 14-day quarantine

Employers should warn employees not to cross the Swedish border to shop, or undertake business visits, during the current health crisis, as they will face a 14-day quarantine on their return – during which time they will be deprived of state sick pay …

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Norway: New aid package during the health crisis

A new aid package, handled through the Tax Administration is now in operation for businesses, such as hotels and restaurants, ordered to be closed down during the health crisis …

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Norway: Sickness absence – Q4 2019

Even before the present crisis, there was an increase in absence which was more prevalent for Women (7 …

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Norway: Government to examine possible modern slavery law

The Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion is drawing up a modern slavery law to stop human trafficking and exploitation in supply chains …

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Norway: Average monthly basic earnings Q2 2019

Over the year to Q2 2019, the average monthly basic earnings in Norway increased by 3 …

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Norway: Index of labour costs Q2 2019

Over the year to Q2 2019, labour costs increased significantly in Transportation and storage (3 …

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Norway: Amendments to the Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Acts

Amendments to the Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Acts have been passed by parliament and come into force on January 1st 2020 …

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Norway: Sickness absence -Q1 2019

During Q1 2019, average sickness absence (adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations) for employees aged 16–69, that was self-certified and certified by a doctor, stood at 5 …

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Norway: Average monthly basic earnings Q1 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, average monthly basic earnings increased by 3 …

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