Labour Court ruling held that actors from the actor employee organisation do not have the right to have their day off on Sundays. The Court ruled that theater shows on Sundays was not a breach of the tariff regulations.
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Employee dismissed from his position as a mechanic, because employer believed his history of frequent sick leaves made it probable they would continue in the future. The employee challenged the dismissal, and the appeal court concluded the dismissal was valid.
An employee was discharged from her position as doctor when she refused to execute a task that conflicted with her conscience. The woman challenged the dismissal, but the district court found that the dismissal was valid.
The Supreme Court found that a boycott initiated by the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union against Holship Norway AS was contrary to freedom of establishment under the EEA Agreement, and thereby illegal, because it has an unlawful purpose.
A committee was established to assess the provisions on protection of whistleblowers. The committee shall hand in their assessment in the spring of 2018.
The Supreme Court found that an individual agreement with an employee is not in and of itself sufficient to limit the management prerogative, and that in this particular case the content of the agreement was not considered to bind the employer.
Doctors, economists and lawyers employed at hospitals went on strike on 7 September 2016. The workers had been negotiating with hospital management concerning working hours, and especially the working hours for the doctors, but did not reach an agreement. 628 members of were on strike in 15 different hospitals. On 11 October 2016, Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie of the Conservative Party, ordered an end to Norway’s longest hospital strike ever due to the concern that the hospitals could not provide sufficient medical assistance. All striking doctors and other medical professionals were ordered back to work immediately and the dispute must now be settled through compulsory arbitration.
Government has issued for consultation a draft law on state employees. The law will replace the existing law and partly seeks a harmonization with the Working Environment Act. The draft law was sent to the Parliament for hearing.
35 workers were dismissed from their employment due to downsizing. Two workers brought an action claiming that the dismissal was invalid, partly because the seniority calculation was done incorrectly. The employer demanded that the plaintiffs should resign their positions while the case was pending. Based on the company’s difficult operating situation, the court found that the employer’s interest was predominant.