In Norway, the standard workweek is 40 hours spread over five days. Numerous employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements that limit their weekly work hours to 37.5 hours. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most common working hours. Many employees, however, work flexible hours and report to work earlier or later than 8 a.m.
Employees are legally permitted to work up to nine hours per day. Overtime is permitted only when a specific, urgent need exists and may be for a limited period of time. Overtime is permitted up to ten hours per week, 25 hours in four consecutive weeks, and 200 hours per year. An employee may not work more than 13 hours per day or more than 48 hours per week on average over eight weeks.
Employers and employees may agree in a collective bargaining agreement to allow up to 20 hours of overtime per week, 50 hours in four consecutive weeks, or 300 hours in a calendar year. Additionally, an employer may petition the government Labor Inspection Authority to permit employees to work longer periods of overtime if they agree.
Overtime is compensated at a rate of at least 140 percent of the employee's standard hourly rate.