Solberg warns against salary theft: “We will take on the bad guys”

Erna SolbergPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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In May, the Norwegian government announced it would put increased effort into ensuring that employees are not deprived of wages, pensions, holiday pay, and benefits.

“We are adopting the term salary theft. From a legal point of view, there is no such concept today, but at the same time, everyone understands what it means,” Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen of the Conservative Party (H) told Børsen in May.

Isaksen joined the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Industry during a meeting on crime in the workplace in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office.

“We will take on the bad guys in the business sector,” Solberg warned.

Higher penalties

“There is no doubt that the more measures we have, the more refined the methods of cheating will be. That is why the penalties should be higher, and we will introduce penalties for salary theft,” she said.

According to the Børsen article, the government is also working to assess special criminal liability for employers that abuse the government’s support scheme.

An annual review of the status of efforts to combat crime in the workplace was also conducted in May. 

This year, new information will be provided on efforts to prevent the abuse of the schemes introduced to mitigate the effect of the corona crisis.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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