Norway: Proposed changes in retirement age legislation

A proposal to increase the retirement age in Norway from 70 to 72 years-old has had a mixed reaction.

Changes to legislation relating to the age at which a person’s employment can be automatically terminated by an employer were proposed in November 2014.

The changes are not related to the pension system or pension rights. However, they will make it possible for workers to stay longer in employment for employers that are happy for them to work beyond the normal retirement age.

Many of the employer organisations, as well as some of the trade unions – the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Confederation of Unions for Professionals (Unio) – are against the proposal. Other organisations, such as pensioner groups, are in favour.

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