Norway is a nordic country in northern Europe, located in the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia, and includes the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen and archipelago of Svalbard. Norway is known to be one of the world’s happiest, most developed, and wealthiest nations.
There is no standard minimum wage in Norway, and employers can bargain with unions and individuals based on their role and industry. Despite having no minimum wage, Norway has one of the highest average wages in the world, at around NOK 52,180 per month.
The standard workweek is 40 hours at a maximum of 9 hours per day. Overtime compensation is regulated by collective agreements, and usually has a maximum of 200 hours per year.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 54 weeks of paid maternity leave, which is paid at a rate of 80% of the regular rate for 54 weeks (or 100% if the employee only takes 44 weeks of the leave entitlement). Partners can share the mother’s maternity leave entitlement except for the 3 weeks before and 6 weeks after the birth. Employees can also take leave for adoptions.
Employees in Norway can take up to 52 weeks of sick leave. The first 16 days are paid at 100% of the regular wage by the employer, and days 17-52 are paid by social security with a maximum benefit.
There are 10 public holidays in Norway, and employees are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of vacation each year (more for union workers). Vacation is not compensated at the full salary, and is usually paid at a minimum of 10% of the salary. Employees can also take leave for hospitalizations.
Employment contracts can be terminated with just cause (such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or other work offenses). Before the decision to terminate is finalized, employers are required to discuss the intention to terminate with the employee.
The minimum notice period in Norway is 1 month, but can be more depending on how long the employee has worked at the company or their age:
There are no provisions for severance pay in Norwegian law.
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