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Employment

  • Employment contract »

    Everyone is entitled to a written employment contract, irrespective of the length of employment or the percentage of a full-time position. The employment contract describes employees and employers’...

  • Working hours »

    In principle, normal working hours are maximum nine hours per day and 40 hours per seven days. If you work different work rotas, the weekly working hours are 38 or 36 hours for a sev...

  • Pay »

    As a rule, pay is not regulated by law in Norway, and there is therefore no general minimum wage. Having a clear and unambiguous written agreement on pay is therefore very important. Many enterpris...

  • Holidays and holiday pay »

    All employees who start a job before 30 October are entitled to 25 working days’ holiday by the end of the holiday year (which follows the calendar year), irrespective of whether they are entitled ...

  • Leave »

    An employee is entitled to take leave in connection with pregnancy, care in connection with birth, births and parental leave. Leave rights in connection with having a child mean that, together, par...

  • Self-certified sickness absence »

    As an employee, you are entitled to self-declared sick leave, i.e. to notify your employer that you are unable to work due to illness without having to present a medical certificate. The main rule ...

  • Sick leave »

    If you are sick longer than the time allowed by the self-declaration, you must get in touch with your doctor in order to get a medical certificate. If the doctor regards sick leave necessary, he/sh...

  • Sickness benefit »

    Loss of income due to illness may entitle you to sickness benefit. The condition is that you have been employed for at least four weeks before sick leave begins. Your are entitled to sickness benef...

  • Temporary lay-offs »

    An employer can, in whole or in part, be excused from the obligation to pay wages, and an employee can temporarily be excused from the obligation to work, in connection with temporary lay-offs. Rea...

  • Dismissal »

    An employer may dismiss an employee if he/she has reasonable grounds for doing so. The reasonable grounds must be based on circumstances relating to either the employee or the employer/ enterprise....

  • Dismissal without notice »

    An employer can summarily dismiss an employee if the employee is in gross breach of his/her obligations or is otherwise in material breach of the employment contract. This means that the employee w...