Employee rights in Norway

Arbeidstakeres rettigheter i Norge
Here you can read about your rights and obligations as an employee in Norway.

As an employee in Norway you have various rights and obligations. These include the employment terms and conditions, notice, salary, holiday provisions and regulations regarding leave. 

The Norwegian Working Environment Act (Arbeidsmiljøloven) ensures a good work environment, secure employment terms and conditions, equal treatment in working life, good collaboration between employee and employer, etc. The Act does not apply for shipping, hunting, fishing and military aviation. A violation of the Working Environment Act is, for example, if salary is not paid. The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet) monitors that employers comply with the requirements in the Working Environment Act.​​​​​​

Many young people do not know the rights they have in working life. LO’s Summer Patrol travels round Norway all summer providing information. During the summer season, you can contact them if you have any questions about the working conditions in your workplace.

    Service centres for foreign employees

    In Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Kirkenes, service centres have been set up for foreign employees. At the service centres, The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, the Police (Politiet), the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten) and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) collaborate to offer guidance and rapid processing of applications for people from other countries who come to Norway to work. 

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