It is the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs that has overriding responsibility for the Government’s labour policy.
Labour immigration provides Norway with important expertise and covers our need for labour in several sectors. Norway has for many years been part of a common Nordic labour market. Through the EEA Agreement and the EFTA Convention, Norway is also part of a common European labour market.
Labour market measures are one of the most important policy instruments aimed at promoting a well-functioning labour market. Labour market measures aim at contributing to increased participation in employment, reduced unemployment and combating exclusion by helping people with problems on the labour market to find work and become active.
Enterprises are themselves responsible for preventing accidents and harm to health as a result of work. Employers have a duty to ensure that the working environment is both safe and satisfactory.
Press release from the Norwegian Technical Calculation Committee for Wage Settlements: The Basis for Wage Settlements in 2015. Preliminary Report.
In December 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favour of seven North Sea divers, finding that the Norwegian State has violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to respect for private and family life. The State was unanimously acquitted of the other counts in the case.
High ethical standards for the provision of services and the exercise of authority are a prerequisite if the citizenry is to trust the public service. The goal of these general ethical guidelines is to ensure that all State employees are aware of this.