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Factsheet for case NO-2020-14/1081 – measures in Norway

Agreement on care for young people in child welfare institutions who are infected with coronavirus, or are ill with suspected coronavirus

Avtale om å ivareta ungdom på barneverninstitusjon som er smittet med koronavirus, eller er syk med mistanke om koronavirus

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 31 August 2020
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Case created 09 September 2020

Background information

On 31 March, the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat) made an agreement concerning child welfare institution under the Child, Adolescent and Family Agency. The agreement was meant to be used if there was a need to take care of young people who live in a child welfare institution and who were infected with coronavirus, or were ill with suspected coronavirus, where it was not possible to use ordinary shift.

Content of measure

The agreement of 31 March, between the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat), gave the employer and the employee in child welfare institutions opportunity to agree on companion shifts with a duration up to 7 days.

The agreement could be used if there was a need to take care of young people infected with coronavirus or ill with suspected coronavirus, where it was not possible to use ordinary shift. The agreement regulates remuneration and requires that the employee is allowed necessary periods of rest. The agreement was made pursuant to section 10-12 (4) in the Working Environment Act that gives larger trade unions right to enter into a collective agreement that deviates from the law's working hours provisions. The validity period of the agreement was from 30 March 2020 until 31 August 2020, and the agreement could be terminated with one month’s notice from each of the parties.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Contents

  • Health and safety
  • Working time flexibility

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
No special funding required

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The collective agreement on working time during the COVID-19 pandemic was negotiated by the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat), to facilitate crisis management. By taking such action, the social partners wanted to keep regulation of working time in a collective agreement and avoid provisional legislation.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of regulation through collective agreements and quickly reached an agreement.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q87 Residential care activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Agreement on care for young people in child welfare institutions who are infected with coronavirus, or are ill with suspected coronavirus, case NO-2020-14/1081 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

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