Two out of three were temporarily laid off from industries that were not required to close

Simen MarkussenSenior researcher at the Frischsenteret, Simen Markussen: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
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Two out of three temporarily laid off during the Coronavirus crisis that were working in industries that were not required to close due to infection control measures, reports E24.

Together with colleagues at the Frisch Center, senior scientist Simen Markussen has looked at who has been affected by layoffs in the first weeks of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Markussen believes the changes to the lay-off regulations in combination with the cash support scheme have made it unprofitable to keep people at work if turnover fell during the period under the Coronavirus.

He is looking for a model that could make it more profitable to keep people in the workplace.

– “It was conceivable that cash support was linked to retaining employees. I realize that there was an urgent need to do something for those businesses that had to close, but not an equally urgent need for those who were not directly affected,” Markussen told E24.

When the government proposed in mid-March to change the layoff regulations, it relied on figures from the financial crisis on an uncertain basis. Over the next few days there was a huge increase in the number of layoffs.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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