The national unemployment rate increased less than what was expected. Norway has seen a rise in its unemployment rate over the past 14 months due to low oil and gas prices, two major export articles of Norway. However, the unemployment rate is still relatively low, at 3,3 percent as of February 2016.
As part of its senior policy, a municipal enterprise entered into an agreement with two of its employees that they could reduce their working time by 20 percent while keeping their original salary. The enterprise later changed the agreement and required the employees to work full time to maintain their salary. The Court of Appeal […]
For employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions, litigation over disputes related to employment matters is a very real and increasingly significant concern, which applies to every sector of industry, in every region of the world. This comprehensive publication includes contributions from 28 key jurisdictions across 5 continents and will be a valuable resource for all […]
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 […]