Overview of current temporary lay-off rules

Overview of current temporary lay-off rules

Covid-19 has led to that many companies have experienced a reduction in the workload, and several companies have had to temporarily lay off employees for longer or shorter periods. Because the rules only to a small degree are legislated and there have been several temporary regulations since the outbreak of Covid-19, it can be difficult for employers and employees to get a good overview of the rules on temporary layoffs.

New rules set requirements for reporting on companies' work with equality and non-discrimination

New rules set requirements for reporting on companies' work with equality and non-discrimination

Public enterprises and private enterprises of a certain size are subject to a statutory activity and reporting obligation related to equality and non-discrimination (ARP). The reporting obligation applies from the financial year 2020 and onwards. Many companies will have to spend time and resources on implementing sufficient systems and routines to comply with the new rules.

Home office - topics and issues when introducing a more permanent scheme for work at home

Home office - topics and issues when introducing a more permanent scheme for work at home

The use of home office has made its wide entry into Norwegian workplaces in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Home office have to a large extent been forced through orders and / or recommendations from the Norwegian authorities. However, many companies have had a positive experience with home office. On this basis, they are considering introducing more permanent arrangements for home office, regardless of the corona pandemic that has characterised 2020.

New ruling from the Supreme Court on the employer's right to manage

New ruling from the Supreme Court on the employer's right to manage

In the Supreme Court’s judgment of 13th November 2020, the question was if agreements on severance packages in the event of voluntary resignation, which was entered into in a downsizing process, could partly be set aside because they were contrary to good business practices or unreasonableness, cf. Norway’s Contract Act of 1918 section 36. To decide this question, the Supreme Court had to take a stand on whether the employees were entitled to an early retirement pension in such a process based on the previous employer's promise.

Amendment of rules in the pension scheme – own pension account

Amendment of rules in the pension scheme – own pension account

Earlier this year, draft regulations on own pension account were sent out for consultation. The consultation deadline was 3 August 2020, and the new rules will probably enter into force at the beginning of 2021. The purpose of the amendment of rules is to make it easier for employees to receive the best possible pension. Employees must be able to choose who will manage the pension capital, which will lead to greater competition in the market.

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