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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 8 Sep 2021

Focus on inclusion and diversity provides competitive advantage for companies

Ensuring an inclusive and diverse work environment is an important task for companies, as it provides good conditions for creating a non-discriminatory work environment. Legislation in the field of labour law places certain requirements on companies in this regard. This article examines the provisions of the Working Environment Act, the purpose of which is to ensure equal treatment at work.
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Wikborg Rein | Norway | 1 Sep 2021

Notice of defects – possible traps for buyers and builders

A Supreme Court decision has provided guidance on the importance of a buyer giving notice of defects in due time, as well as the significance of a builder reserving their rights before entering into discussions on the merits of those defects. Although the case in question concerned a road construction, the principles of the judgment were found to apply generally and therefore are relevant to......
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 11 Aug 2021

Update on new regulations

A great deal of recent activity in Parliament has led to the enactment of several new legal provisions, including combining unemployment benefits with education and training, a tribunal solution for retaliation cases and an extension of access to membership in pension schemes. This article offers a brief summary of each.
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Wikborg Rein | Norway | 11 Aug 2021

Shipbuilders' interpellation right – obtaining clarity regarding delayed shipbuilding projects

For various reasons, delays often occur in shipbuilding projects, thus creating a need for clear regulation of the parties' rights and obligations. The "interpellation right" entitles the builder to require the buyer to elect to either accept delivery of the delayed newbuild on a specified, new date or cancel the contract forthwith. Where there is a risk of cancellation by the buyer, the......
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 4 Aug 2021

Seniority calculation – Labour Court judgment provides guidelines

The Labour Court recently handed down a judgment that provides key guidelines for how seniority should be calculated when temporarily laying off staff. The main question to be decided was how seniority of workers should be understood in connection with the selection of staff in a temporary lay-off process – should it be total service time or continuous service time? The judgment provides an......
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 21 Jul 2021

The Transparency Act: fundamental human rights and decent working conditions

Parliament recently passed the new Transparency Act to oblige companies to respect fundamental human rights and decent working conditions, in addition to guaranteeing the public access to information on how companies handle negative consequences relating to human rights and working conditions. An enactment date for the Act is still pending, but it will likely come into force in 2022.
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 14 Jul 2021

Proposal adapts Norwegian Model to strengthen future working life

A recent report proposes several amendments to the "Norwegian Model" to strengthen the protection of employees and place greater responsibility on how employers organise their operations and workforce. The proposed amendments include expanding the employer's duty to offer other suitable work before termination of employment in a workforce reduction and clarification of the assessment of what......
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Berggren Oy | Denmark, Finland, Iceland, etc. | 12 Jul 2021

Nordic countries dominate EIS again

The Nordic countries have long enjoyed a reputation for being among the most business friendly locations for innovation-oriented enterprises. The recently released European Commission's 2021 Innovation Scoreboard, which ranks countries based on factors such as their information technologies and intellectual assets, reflects the innovative culture and the effective support provided by the......
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 16 Jun 2021

Supreme Court clarifies that provisions in terminated collective agreements can remain effective

In its judgment in the 'Grefsenhjemmet case', the Supreme Court clarified that provisions on salary increases for long service in a collective bargaining agreement must be regarded as wage terms incorporated into individual employment contracts, and that they do not lapse following the termination of the collective agreement. This decision was eagerly awaited; earlier proceedings in this case......
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Bryn Aarflot AS | Norway | 14 Jun 2021

Protection of plant varieties under plant breeders' rights

Plant breeders' rights provide protection of plant varieties. In Norway, where such protection is granted by the Plant Variety Board, breeders can prevent third parties from producing or importing plant material of their plant variety with a view to offering it for sale or otherwise marketing it for purposes of propagation. Third parties must also obtain permission from the breeder if they......
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