Factsheet for case NO-2020-17/949 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 April 2020 – 01 July 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Case created||09 July 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)|
Due to the corona crisis, many workers are laid off and unemployment has increased significantly. To make it possible for the many unemployed to acquire new skills and knowledge, the government acted in April on an initiative from the social partners and opened up temporarily to make it easier to study or do training while receiving unemployment benefits. In June, the temporary scheme was extended to last through 31 December 2020.
In March 2020, the social partners suggested that receivers of unemployment benefit should have a right to study while unemployed. The aim was to make the corona crisis an opportunity to raise the competencies of the population. More people could learn to use digital tools, completing upper secondary school or gain vocational skills. To achieve this, the social partners argued, it was necessary that the government relaxed the regulations for unemployment benefits and removed the restrictions that makes it difficult or impossible for employees to combine training with unemployment benefits. A temporary scheme was put in place on 20 April 2020, and gives the unemployed and lay-offs possibility to combine training with unemployment benefits to a greater extent than before. The rules initially applied until 1 September, but was later extended until 31 December 2020.
No information to date.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Public employment service
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 jointly took the initiative to request the government to amend regulations to make it easier to do training or studying while receiving unemployment benefit. They have promoted the measure publicly and in dialog with the government.
The measure have support from the social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Right to combine unemployment benefit with training, case NO-2020-17/949 (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.