The Norwegian Directorate of Health has launched a campaign regarding the consequences of a liberal alcohol culture in the working life, and has prepared guidelines to help employers prepare and follow up on a drug policy.
While the District Court found that the corporate group as a whole could be considered as the employer for a group of employees, the Court of Appeal found that there was no legal basis for an such an extended employer concept in the corporation group Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. The Court found that an extended employer concept in corporation groups required that particular conditions were met, and gave an account of those conditions.
From January 1st 2018 a new Regulation becomes operative, concerning accommodation and catering businesses. The Regulation sets minimum wages, as well as standard deductions for accommodation in the company.
From January 1st 2018 a new Act on gender equality and discrimination will come into effect in Norway. The definition of sexual harassment is based upon more objective criteria, and employers are more restricted in which information they may gather from job seekers
From January 1st 2018, parts of collective agreements for employees who work in the Restaurant and Hotel Industry in Norway, will be generally applicable to all employees.
A company had terminated two employees, due to downsizing. The Norwegian Supreme Court ruled that the employer did not have to take into account the employees’ length of service in foreign companies in the corporation.
In order to strengthen the protection of whistle-blowers in Norway, changes have been made to national legislation. Enterprises with five or more employees must consequently change their internal regulations on whistle-blowing.
Norwegian citizen who worked for a Swiss company, but performed his work tasks in Norway, was fired. Employee filed a case against the company, and the appeal court concluded Norwegian law was applicable.
Store manager lawfully dismissed with immediate effect. The manager had, after making private purchases of company products, made false claims for compensation.
The Parliament has finalized a new act regarding state employees to replace the Civil Service Act. The new legislation simplifies the process of employment and aims to reduce access to temporary employment.