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Norway – Whistleblower Laws

Norway – Whistleblower Laws

Norway has specific legislation for the protection of whistleblowers. The Norwegian legislation affords employees a statutory right to notify wrongdoing as well as requiring employers to develop internal reporting procedures.
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Norway has legislation in place for the protection of whistleblowers. New laws on whistleblowers protection in Norway have been in force since January 2007. The Norwegian legislation affords employees a statutory right to notify wrongdoing and it requires employers to develop internal reporting procedures. The current regulation encourages internal whistleblowing and simultaneously makes it possible to keep the identity of the whistleblower confidential.[…]
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Norway has specific legislation on the protection of "whistleblowers" as the Norwegian legislation affords employees a statutory right to notify wrongdoing as well as it requires employers to develop internal reporting procedures.

The Norwegian regulation could serve as model as it encourages internal whistleblowing and simultaneously makes it possible to keep the identity of the whistleblower confidential. However, it can be recommended that what can be reported should be more precisely defined, either by law or collective bargaining.

Definition Of “Whistleblowing” In Norway

According to the Preparatory Papers, “whistleblowing” (“varsling” in Norwegian) is a term implying “employees speaking out on critical conditions within the company”. “Critical conditions” implies conditions that are contrary to law or other ethical standards such as corruption, danger to life and health and bad work environment.”1 There is no definition to be found in the legislation itself.

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