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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-12/714 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 01 January 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Measure added||17 April 2020 (updated 18 October 2021)|
In connection with the outbreak of coronavirus the government wanted to facilitate mobilisation of qualified and necessary personnel to work in the public health sector. Old-age pensioners with qualifications were regarded as a target group. The government proposed a change in the regulation of pension schemes to prevent that mobilised personnel will experience loss of pension when they receive labour income. The regulation suspends some of the public pension scheme rules on specified terms for a limited period.
The current rules on the reduction and termination of pensions in connection with employment income are clear and absolute in their form, so that any exceptions in general should be limited and well justified. In a pandemic situation, the overall purpose is that the public health service maintains necessary health care. In order to realize this purpose, the Ministry proposes that income from voluntary work in public health services or with private persons who, according to law or agreement, offer health services to the population, should not, however, result in a reduction or loss of pension. To prevent pension reduction for health professionals taking on extra work during the crisis connected to COVID-19, amendments to three pension scheme regulations were passed. The measure cover health and social standby and service, and the regulations comprise The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, pension fund for nurses and pension fund for employees in pharmacies. The measure will not require any specific funding.
No information to date.
Workers in care facilities
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners have been in dialogue with the government concerning the regulation, and in the spring 2020, the employers' association Spekter requested on behalf of the health enterprises that the regulation should be extended, due to a demanding upcoming holiday season. The regulation was then extended.
Social partners have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
|Q87 Residential care activities|
|Q88 Social work activities without accommodation|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
Eurofound (2020), Temporary exemption from pension reduction for health professionals, measure NO-2020-12/714 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2020-12_714.html
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