Norway – National Regulations in Employment Law


We, the International Labour and Employment Group of Rödl & Partner, are happy to advise you on labour law issues (individual and collective) as well as social security law issues on a global, regional and local level.


Below you will find basic information on national labour law provisions in Norway.

Interview with Asle Skola

Are there national and/or local collective agreements in the country that regulate labour relations?

Yes. National, depending on the branch of activity.

Are there different legal rules by department/canton?

Yes. But only specific rules for Svalbard (not for the Norwegian mainland).

Is there and what is the staff threshold above which the presence of staff representatives is mandatory?

Yes. Different thresholds for 30, 50 and 200 employees.

Are trade unions present in the company?

Not compulsory.

If applicable what is the applicable legal working time? 

40 hours a week legal working time, but 38 and 36 hours in special cases. Flexible working hours are possible.


Is there a minimum wage set by law/collective agreements (yes/no)? 

Yes. By collective agreements for different branches, which are also binding for non-union members.

What is the number of legal annual paid holidays?

25 days paid holiday per year, counted from Monday to Saturday.

Existence of specific classification of employees according to their functions/responsibilities? 

Particular rules for overtime payment depending on whether the employee has a particularly independent position or not.


Obligation to set up complementary social insurance schemes (mutual insurance/provident fund/pension)?

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