Sick leave declines again, for third year in a row

Norwegians are calling in sick much less frequently than they did a decade ago. New figures from state welfare agency NAV and state statistics bureau SSB  show that sick leave is at its lowest level since 2001. The portion of the workforce that’s off the job because of illness declined from just over 9 percent […]

Sick leave level drops sharply

Norwegians seem to be feeling better, causing a sharp drop in sick leave. The sick leave rate hasn’t been lower in nine years and that makes Labour Minister Hanne Bjurstrøm smile, but she still has a long way to go, to meet government goals. The sick leave rate fell to 7 percent during the first […]

Experts present their sick leave cure

A group of health care and labour experts handed over their recommendations for lowering sick leave costs to government ministers on Wednesday. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has been leading the charge to get more Norwegians back to work, but it also has emerged that the ministers don’t always follow sick leave rules themselves. Stoltenberg’s panel […]

Talks begin over sick leave reform

Alarms have been ringing for months after new figures suggest that too many Norwegians are collecting sick leave and disability benefits. Union leaders, employers’ representatives and government officials launched talks on Thursday over how they can collectively get people back to work and cut costs for everyone, not least the taxpayers. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg […]

Stoltenberg tackles sick leave costs

Alarms are ringing over Norway’s high and rising rate of sick leave, prompting Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to unveil new proposals to both cut government costs and get more Norwegians back to work. Business and union leaders claim they’re open to reforms, while some say sick pay cuts could cost Stoltenberg his job. It’s not […]

Justice Minister still on sick leave

Knut Storberget, Norway’s recently embattled Minister of Justice, has been on sick leave since late February, when he collapsed after months of severe pressure on the job. Now his sick leave has been extended by at least another two weeks. Storberget, age 44, was rushed to an Oslo hospital after collapsing at the end of […]