Labour Law

It can be challenging to relate to the Norwegian regulations. Ask us for advice.

Norwegian labour law – why can it be difficult to relate to it?

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 equaling out the power balance in a relationship between an employer and an employee. The power balance is continuously debated in Norway and is almost subjected daily 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 under the Norwegian labour law. For foreign employers, it could be even harder to relate to this. Especially when trying to understand the mandatory system for holiday and holiday pay, and how to comply with strict regulations relating to working hours and the rules regarding termination of employment.

We assist with the following areas related to labour law:

  • The hiring process
  • Drafting staff and operational procedures/documents
  • Facilitation of working hours and remuneration
  • Payment of sick pay and holiday pay
  • Holiday and leave of absence
  • Challenges related to equal treatment and discrimination
  • Establishment and organization of HSE procedures
  • Privacy and control measures
  • Dismissals and severance agreements
  • Acquisitions
  • Layoffs
  • Draw up collective agreements and pension plans
  • General conflict handling

Posted employees

Due to the implementation of the EU directive concerning posted employees, foreign employees posted to Norway are subject to certain and important parts of the Norwegian labour law. Magnus Legal can assist your company in fulfilling these mandatory requirements, as set out in the Norwegian labour law. These requirements includ;

  • Making sure that the employment contracts meet mandatory requirements.
  • Explaining mandatory working hours, the working environment regulations, and construct guidelines 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’ rights 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 the temporary hiringe of staff.

Our main goal is to be ahead of potential conflicts and to contribute to effective and reasonable solutions for our clients.

Contact us for assistance with labour law in Norway.

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