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Factsheet for case NO-2020-13/723 Updated – measures in Norway

Temporary prolongation of the payment period during layoff

Forlengelse av perioden med dagpenger under permittering

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category 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)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 November 2020

For more information and update see temporary amendments to the regulation of lay-off .

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
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 jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners took initiative and have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

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,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.