Regulations on working time in the Working Environment Act is under assessment as the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs sent a request for comments on the Official Norwegian Report on working time. Among the suggested changes are reduced restrictions on evening work and a somewhat extended access to exempt workers from the working time […]
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority has raised attention to the requirements for a safe working environment at the many new asylum centers established in Norway lately. There are several risk factors associated with this work that employers must take seriously from day one. An instruction booklet has been distributed to all asylum and refugee centers […]
The national unemployment rate in Norway continues to rise, and is now up to 3 %. The number of unemployed in December 2015 increased by 13 % compared to December 2014. The main cause for this is falling oil prices, forcing many companies in the oil and gas sector to downsize.
The Norwegian Parliament passed an amendment to the Working Environment Act concerning the regulation of competition clauses in employment contracts. The amendment entails a set of conditions which require competition clauses to be agreed upon in writing, and that there must be a particular reason or need for the clause. In addition, the competition clause […]
The Supreme Court fined a company due to breach of the Working Environment Act, on the basis of poor lighting in its factory. A worker fell over and suffered a concussion due to the poor lighting, and the Supreme Court found that the company acted negligent when it did not fix the lighting problem although […]
The Ministry of Employment has proposed to regulate competition clauses in the Working Environment Act. The proposal includes a set of conditions which require competition clauses to be agreed upon in writing, and that there must be a particular reason or need for the clause. In addition, the completion clause will be subject to time […]
In its decision of December 8th 2015, the Supreme Court found that it was justifiable according to law that an undertaking dismissed an employee because his department was closed down. The Supreme Court stated that it was not necessary to assess the entire undertaking when selecting which employee to dismiss, as it was sufficient to […]
As a result of low oil prices impacting operations, Norway has seen an increase in dismissals.
The Supreme Court found that a married couple, who had assisted nurses from the Philippines to Norway for work in hospitals, had broken the Norwegian Act of Conveying Work. The couple had charged an unreasonable amount of money for bringing the nurses to Norway and for helping them with finding a job, renting an apartment, […]
The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment regarding the Working Time Directive on Thursday the 10th of September. The Directive is part of the EEA agreement and will therefore have an impact on Norwegian legislation. The Court found that where workers do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, […]