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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-19/947 – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 04 May 2020 – 31 October 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|
|Measure added||09 July 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)|
The government proposed in May to give laid-off third-country nationals a temporary right to unemployment benefits. As domestic and EEA workers, many third-country nationals were laid-off due to the corona crisis. The government argued that many working immigrants have special skills Norwegian companies need, and that it could weaken the business community's competitiveness if professional skills disappears out of the country during the corona pandemic.
In the end of May, the government proposed to give laid-off third-country nationals a temporary right to unemployment benefits and asked the parliament to approve that extra funds are allocated to cover the increased expenses for unemployment benefits in 2020. Amendment were made to the Unemployment Benefit Regulations 22 June 2020 and to the Immigration Regulations 23 June 2020, and the temporary regulations were made effective for the period 4 May to 31 October 2020. In this period, skilled workers from third countries can continue to stay in Norway during the redundancy period and be entitled to unemployment benefits.
No information available.
Migrants in employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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 consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.
The measure have support from the social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary right to unemployment benefits for laid-off third-country nationals, measure NO-2020-19/947 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2020-19_947.html
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