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10 July 2019
This article provides a summary of recent amendments to Norway's labour legislation.
Parliament recently adopted a proposal to amend Norway's employment legislation in order to further strengthen the position of whistleblowers (for further details please see "Proposal to strengthen position of whistleblowers"). The proposed amendments, which clarify and codify the current practice, will enter into force on 1 January 2020.
In December 2018 the EEA Joint Committee incorporated EU Directive 2015/1794/EU, which amended the following labour directives regarding seafarers in order to provide them with additional rights:
Amendments which will implement these changes into the applicable Norwegian legislation will enter into force on 1 August 2019.
In order to lower the threshold for processing sexual harassment disputes, the Anti-discrimination Tribunal has been authorised to enforce the prohibition on sexual harassment in the workplace and may impose damages for non-economic loss during employment. Tribunal decisions may be brought before the courts by either party to a dispute. The amendments to the discrimination legislation further specify employers' duties to:
The amendments will take effect from 1 January 2020.
For further information on this topic please contact Ole Kristian Olsby or Lise Gran at Homble Olsby | Littler by telephone (+47 23 89 75 70) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The Homble Olsby | Littler website can be accessed at www.homble-olsby.no.
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