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Changes in the new Norwegian Working Environment Act

Posted by Aase Herkules on March 13, 2015 at 4:20 AM

Norway's conservative two-party government coalition, has reached a compromise with its two support parties in Parliament, Venstre and KrF, on its plan to reform and liberalize national work rules. The support parties agree with the government on the following changes in the new Working Environment Act:



  • Regular employment is the general rule within labor, but there will be a general admission to temporary employment
  • The 70-years limit for dismissal protection in the Working Environment Act is changed to 72 years
  • No companies can have lower internal age limits than 70 years, unless it is justified by an extended risk within the areas of health or security in the workplace.

  • Calculation of ordinary average working hours where there is local agreement with union in business determined by a collective agreement, has been changed to 12.5 hours per day
  • Calculation of ordinary average working hours through the consent of the Norwegian Work Authorities will be increased to 13 hours.
  • Businesses bound by a local collective agreement and with permission from the Norwegian Work Authorities, will be allowed to increase overtime from 15 hours to 20 hours weekly and from 40 hours to 50 hours monthly.
  • The collective right to law suits, will be removed
  • Increased penalties for violations of the Working Environment Act and the General Application Act
  • A statutory duty for recipients of social assistance to perform activities will be introduced.








Categories: Working conditions

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