UPDATED: A law firm in Stavanger, a city hit hard by the ongoing downturn in the oil and offshore industry, decided to host an evening seminar early next month for expats and foreign workers who face losing their jobs. The seminar, which is free of charge and aims to answer questions raised recently over layoffs and dismissals, was so popular that it filled up quickly, so now Projure Advokatfirma DA is hosting a second one.
“Our experience is that there are few firms or companies offering this sort of seminar to foreigners residing and working in Norway, which is what we want to do something about,” wrote Benjamin Törnroos, an associate attorney at the law firm Projure, in an email to newsinenglish.no.
Projure, he wrote, has a team of labor law experts who will help answer “the most common questions foreign workers have” as well as provide information about employees’ rights in a redundancy process. That’s been a thorny issue lately after some laid-off foreign workers were told they do not qualify for unemployment benefits in Norway. Törnroos noted that one of Projure’s attorneys previously held a leading position at Norway’s state welfare agency NAV, and she will provide information about social benefits and workers’ rights.
The seminar slated for Wednesday evening September 2 at Projure’s law offices, located near the Oil Museum in downtown Stavanger, is fully booked. A second seminar is now being offered the next evening, September 3, as well (external link).