New Special Agreements on Coverage of Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency

The Supreme Court recently ruled in a case regarding the employees’ right under a business transfer from a public entity (Norwegian Defense Estate Agency) to a private entity (ISS Facility Services AS). The employees were entitled to maintain their notice period according to the Civil Servants Act, as the notice period was regarded as an integrated part of the employees’ employment contracts. Further, the Supreme Court ruled that the new employer (ISS) was entitled to amend the employees’ pension scheme, even though this meant that the employees would no longer be entitled to early retirement.

Calculation of Salary to Employees During Suspension

Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency

A recent ruling from the Supreme Court stated that the basis for calculating the salary of a part-time employed nurse during the suspension period did not comprise the compensation that she had received for extra shifts before the time of the suspension.

Regulations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Regulation or Official Guidance

A number of new rules and regulations have been adopted due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, including regulations governing the right to sick pay, care benefits, unemployment benefits, and rules governing subsidies to companies encountering financial hardship due to the pandemic. Several rules and regulations are temporary, and amendments are made frequently.

New Regulations Related to Divers on Ships

New Regulation or Official Guidance

On April 27, 2020, new regulations regarding work environment for divers on ships were adopted. The rules became effective June 1, 2020.