Norwegian labour law
– why can it be difficult to relate?
Labour law, also referred to as employment law, governs the rights and duties between employers and employees. As in other countries, the Norwegian labour law aims to secure safe and healthy employments, and even out the power balance in the relationship between the employer and the employee. The power balance is continuously debated in Norway and is almost daily subject to attention from the Norwegian media and politicians. Many Norwegian employers find it difficult to relate to the extensive and mandatory protection employees are given according to the Norwegian labour law. Especially in today’s market were oil prices are falling, and there is a general need for more flexibility and cost awareness in employments. For foreign employers it could be even harder to relate to Norwegian labour law, hereunder to understand the mandatory system for holiday and holiday pay, and to comply with strict regulations of working hours and rules regarding termination of employment.
Norwegian labour law – when are foreigners subject to it?
Whenever a Norwegian company in Norway employs a foreign employee, the entire Norwegian labour law governs his or her employment. But what if the employee remains employed in a foreign company, and is dispatched to Norway for a certain period of time?
Due to the implementation of the EU directive concerning dispatched employees, foreign employees dispatched to Norway are subject to certain and important parts of the Norwegian labour law. Visma can assist your company in fulfilling mandatory requirements set out in Norwegian labour law, including;
- making sure that the employment contracts meet mandatory requirements
- explaining mandatory working hours and working environment regulations, and construct guidelines in order for your company to meet these regulations
- assistance with applications for work- and residence permits
- applications to Norwegian authorities for permission to operate on extended working hours/shifts
- making sure that the requirements regarding the employees’ right to holiday and holiday pay are met
- explaining mandatory regulations related to the employees’ right to leave of absence, and construct company guidelines in this regard
- assistance related to temporary hire of staff
Our main goal is to be ahead of potential conflicts and to contribute to effective and reasonable solutions for our clients.