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.
The Norwegian Parliament passed an amendment to the Working Environment Act concerning the regulation of whistleblowers. With the amendment, businesses with five or more employees must draw up routines for whistleblowers. Also, the protection of contracted workers is improved.
There is a new act regarding approval of occupational qualifications for employees. The act aims to make it easier for workers from an EEA-state and Switzerland to work in their profession in Norway.
A new discrimination act was passed and will come into force January 1st 2018. The new act combines four different discrimination acts into one general act. Regulations regarding discrimination of workers are regulated in chapter 5 of the act. The act aims to simplify the discrimination legislation.