A temporary lay-off is not the same as termination or leave of absence.

Who can receive unemployment benefit if you have been laid off?

If you are laid off you must meet the usual conditions to be entitled to unemployment benefit. In addition, you must be employed with fixed working hours.

To be entitled to unemployment benefit when you are laid off, the following points must be met:

  • You are laid off due to a lack of work or other circumstances over which your employer has no control
  • Your employer has done what is expected to avoid laying you off
  • The situation that has resulted in your being laid off is temporary

If you are employed by your own limited liability company, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit when you are laid off.

Employees of public enterprises or employees at cultural institutions with 50 or more per cent public support are usually only entitled to claim unemployment benefit if the lay-off is due to a labour dispute, fire, accident, natural disaster, or other unforeseen incidents

How to apply for unemployment benefit

How to apply for unemployment benefit. See what documentation you must include with your application for unemployment benefit.

How long can you receive unemployment benefit if you have been laid off?

You may be entitled to unemployment benefit for up to 26 weeks over a period of 18 months. The lay-off period applies to each employer and will be calculated from and including the first working day after the days on which there is an obligation to pay wages have ended.

Your employer will maintain an overview of the weeks in which you are temporarily laid off.

  • Days when you are on leave, on holiday or sick are not included in the lay-off period.
  • If you work continuously for more than 6 weeks for the employer who has laid you off, the lay-off will as a rule cease.

You can see how long you will continue to receive unemployment benefit in your payment schedule.

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Your employer must pay you wages the first 15 days you are laid off

The first 15 days you are laid off you will not receive unemployment benefit, but will be paid wages by your employer. This is called the employer's mandatory pay period. If you are partially laid off, the 15 mandatory pay days will span over a longer period of time.

The mandatory pay period will be postponed if you work for the employer who has laid you off or if you should not be at work in any case due to illness, holiday, time off or the like.

You must not tick work on the employment status form when you have not worked during the mandatory pay period, even if you receive wages from your employer.

Read more about how the mandatory pay period is calculated.

Have you been laid off by a fish processing or fish oil company?

Separate lay-off rules apply to fish processing or fish oil companies:

  • Your working hours must be reduced by at least 40 per cent.
  • The maximum period of entitlement to unemployment benefit is 52 weeks within a period of 18 months.
  • Persons laid off in the fishing industry have no waiting period.

Give notice of changes

Keep in touch with your employer about the lay-off, and inform NAV about what may affect your unemployment benefit case. If there are any changes in your income, family situation and/or work situation, or if you are planning to spend some time abroad, this may have an impact on the amount of money you are entitled to receive from NAV. If you are terminated or hand in your notice during the lay-off period, the lay-off will be considered terminated. In such cases you must therefore notify NAV.

Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.