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Hiring Practices in Norway

The employer cannot ask for certificate of good conduct. The only exception is if the law regulating that particular position or profession requires that the candidate has a certificate of good conduct. Furthermore, information about whether or not the candidate has a clean record is considered as sensitive personal data. The processing of such data is strictly regulated by law, and the Norwegian Data Protection Authority has stated that the employer cannot acquire such information.

The employer can only obtain a credit report of the candidate, if the vacant position is high-ranking and entails great economic responsibility. The employer may only ask for information regarding the candidate’s health to the extent that the tasks for the vacant position have special requirements for the candidate’s health. When the employer conducts an interview with the candidate, he or she cannot ask for information concerning sexual orientation, their views on political issues or whether they are members of employee organizations.

For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Norway, please contact Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL)
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