Factsheet for case NO-2020-13/723 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Case created||17 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2021)|
In the Resolution 400,16 March 2020, the Storting asked the government to temporarily ensure that the receivers of time-limited benefits could continue to receive benefits during the pandemic crisis, when the labour market is poor. To ensure that no one loses unemployment benefits during a very difficult period in the labour market and to prevent redundancies, the period the unemployed can receive unemployment benefits is extended until 30 June.
Under the current regulations related to the lay-off pay law, employees can receive unemployment benefits for 26 weeks within the last 18-month period. At the end of 26 weeks, the employer's pay obligation re-enters. From the social partners it has been pointed out that some laid-off workers are approaching the 26-week limit. In today's situation, they will probably be dismissed because the employer is unable to take them back into regular work. The opportunity to get a new job is small, so they will have to reapply for unemployment benefits as ordinary unemployed. To avoid this situation, the period the unemployed can receive unemployment benefits is extended until 30 June.
No information to date.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Public employment service
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:
Social partners took initiative and have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.
The social partners are supportive of the measure.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary prolongation of the payment period during layoff, case NO-2020-13/723 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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