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Holidays and holiday pay

All employees who start a job before 30 September 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 to holiday pay or not. Those who start in a job after 30 September are entitled to six working days’ holiday. There are six working days in an ordinary week and in practice 25 working days is four weeks and one day’s holiday in the course of a holiday year. The employee is entitled to three continuous weeks’ holiday during the main holiday period from 1 June to 30 September. Employees are entitled to take the remainder of their holidays in one continuous period. The stipulation of holidays must be discussed in advance, but the employer decides when you take your holiday within the time frame regulated by law.

The employer and employee can agree in writing to transfer a maximum of two weeks' holiday to the following holiday year. It is a condition that both parties agree on this. Taking holiday in advance can also be agreed in the same way.

You are entitled to have two weeks' holiday transferred to the following year, of, on account of illness, you have been prevented from taking holidays by the end of the holiday year. The demand must be submitted before the end of the year. Holiday transferred due to the illness comes in addition to any other holidays that you have agreed to transfer. It is possible to transfer 12 working days' holiday because of illness. An employee can thus transfer a total of 24 working days' holiday to the following holiday year.

Holiday that, in violation of the statutory provisions, have not been taken by the end of the holiday year shall be transferred to the next holiday year. Unused holiday days will thus not be lost of the employer and/or employee is passive and does nothing to ensure that mandatory holidays are taken. An exception applies if this is due to illness or parental leave. All earned holiday pay is then paid on the first ordinary pay day in the following year.

Holiday pay is earned the year before it is paid (the holiday year). Holiday pay is 10.2 per cent of the wages paid during the earning year. Holiday pay is normally paid in June. Part of your pay in June will be withheld by your employer. This money will be paid to you when you actually take your holiday.You are entitled to be paid holiday pay one week before taking your holiday or in connection with the final settlement if you leave the enterprise.

Employees on sick leave cannot demand to have their holiday pay paid before they either take their holiday or terminate the employment relationship. Holidays are agreed with the employer, and notification must be given to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) so that sickness benefit payments can be temporarily suspended during the period when holiday pay is received. It is important to remember that, for income purposes, a year consists of eleven months of wages and one month of holiday pay.

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