Judgment from the Labour Court on calculation of seniority

Judgment from the Labour Court on calculation of seniority

The Labour Court recently handed down a judgment that provides key guidelines for how seniority should be calculated upon temporary lay-off. The parties to the case were the Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers' Association on the one hand, and Spekter and Avinor Flysikring on the other. The main question in the case was how seniority was to be understood in connection with selection in a temporary layoff process - as total service time or continuous service time. The question has not previously been dealt with either in the Supreme Court case law or in practice from the Labour Court, and the judgment thus provides an important clarification of the calculation question.

The Norwegian model and working life of the future

The Norwegian model and working life of the future

On Wednesday this week, the Fougner committee presented its report (NOU 2021: 9) on various forms of affiliation and business organization in working life. The committee proposes several changes that strengthen the protection of employees and set stricter requirements for how the employer organizes the business and the workforce.

Directive on the protection of persons reporting on breaches and companies' need to assess their notification routines

Directive on the protection of persons reporting on breaches and companies' need to assess their notification routines

The EU has adopted a Directive on the protection of whistleblowers to ensure a high level of protection for this group. The Directive, which is considered to be EEA-relevant, requires Member States to transpose the Directive into national law by 17 December 2021. Homble Olsby | Littler has extensive experience in assisting clients in handling notification cases. We recommend that our clients review their notification routines to ensure that these routines meet all requirements for the protection of whistleblowers, including requirements for the proper handling of personal data.

ECHR ruling on the use of boycott as labour conflict

ECHR ruling on the use of boycott as labour conflict

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has today ruled in the so-called Holship case. LO and NTF (Norwegian Transport Workers' Union) had made a complaint against Norway because they believed the freedom of association under Article 11 of the ECHR was violated when a notified boycott was declared illegal by the Supreme Court. The ECHR acquitted Norway but recognizes that a boycott as a labour conflict may be protected by the ECHR and that restrictions on the right to a boycott require a proper balancing of interests.

Important clarification from the Supreme Court on the after-effect of a collective agreement

Important clarification from the Supreme Court on the after-effect of a collective agreement

In the judgment of 2 June 2021 in the so-called "Grefsenhjemmet case", the Supreme Court clarified that provisions on stabilization increment in a collective agreement must be regarded as individual wage terms that become part of the person’s individual employment contract, and that such terms did not lapse as a direct as a result of the termination of the collective agreement.

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