"This is not only a victory for Langset, but for everyone involved in Norwegian Industry ." said CEO of Langset, Jan Tore Langset.
In the final judgement which was read on March 9th, the court determined that the division Brødrene Langset was established February 2010 and that the company was in full compliance of industry employment-agreement regulation VO §8.1, paragraph 1, which states: " Workers travelling to Norwayseeking employment at various locations on behalf of the company, are not recognized as working 'outside of the company' and are therefore not entitled to compensation for travel, food and lodging. Nor are they entitled to any monetary or 'extra compensation' as a result of their travel requirements. "
Many foreign workers maintain their primary residences outside of Norway. According to the verdict issued by the judges in this case, these workers are recognized as 'travelling laborers' or 'independent contractors.' Therefore, foreign workers are not covered by the employment-agreement regulations for workers living in Norway who are, in fact, sent to work at remote locations by request of the company.
The verdict in this case serves as precedent that those individuals who choose to be travelling laborers are not entitled to additional compensation from the company.