Norwegian Minister of Labor warns about danger of employers abusing home office

Torbjørn Røe IsaksenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

“Home office should not be a lawless area,” Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) said. New rules will soon apply.

Today’s “Regulations on work in employees’ homes” came into force in 2002 and are completely outdated in terms of technological development and increased use of home offices during the pandemic, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

“We do not want a situation in the future where the employer can speculate on not having physical premises by using home office to get away from working environment responsibilities and occupational injuries,” Isaksen noted.

New proposal

He is now submitting a proposal for new regulations for home offices, Aftenposten writes.

“It’s not the Wild West. But it is obvious that the regulations do not take into account the current situation where many have to be home for large parts of the working week,” the Minister said.

The starting point is that the home office should continue to be based on a voluntary basis. No one should be forced to work from home.

“At the same time, we want to take care of the positive aspects for both employee and employer,” he said.

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