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Assisted return: What we know and do not know

24. August 2018

There is a broad consensus among researchers and practitioners that assisted return is the preferred return option. Assisted return is considered to be more humane, less controversial and more cost-effective when compared to forcible return. In this report Silje Sønsterudbråten reviews existing research on the field.

Six international articles from Fafo-project

24. August 2018

In a Special issue of European Journal of Industrial Relations Fafo researchers have contributed to six articles on changes in wage regulation in Northern-Europe since 2000, focusing on cross-sector coordination, articulation between levels, and wage floor regulation. Jon Erik Dølvik and Paul Marginson (prof II at Fafo) are co-editors of the publication which forms part of the European Strains-project headed by ESOP (University of Oslo), funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Is Norway’s legislation on temp work in need of clarification?

23. August 2018

The last few years the administration of temporary employment, either through temp agencies or hired directly, has been under discussion. Fafo has been commissioned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to examine whether there is need to clarify today's legal framework on this area. The report will also discuss whether current mechanisms for upholding the law are sufficient.

Protecting the working conditions of employees in the child welfare system

22. August 2018

Fafo will be examining how employees of child welfare provideres within the private sector can be secured the same wage, work and pension conditions as their colleagues in public sector. The report will also outline possible consequences of various measures. Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse and advokatfirmaet Bull og co are project partners. The Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality has commisioned the project.

Fafo director addressed child poverty on national conference

21. August 2018

The Norwegian government is preparing a report on social inequality. 21st of August an official conference aimed to present important knowledge and harvest feedback before the report will be finalized. Fafo director Tone Fløtten held a presentation about low income families and how such situations influence children.

The cleaning sector seen from below

16. August 2018

In 2011 parts of the Norwegian cleaning agreement became universal, and the following year an approval scheme was introduced. The measures were meant to clean up in an industry with several noisy actors. But how have the measures affected the wage and working conditions? The picture given in this report is not unambiguous; time pressure remains a challenge, while the wage development gives reason for optimism.

Snapshots from Arendalsuka

16. August 2018

Fafo visited Arendal during the week-long program of debates and events of Arendalsuka. A photo album on Facebook offers a few glimpses from our 27 seminars on board the ship M/S Sandnes.

Parental guidance with ICDP

15. August 2018

Silje Sønsterudbråten and Mathilde Bjørnset have evaluated a pilot parental guidance programme aimed at parents who had concerns about their adolescent children. The evaluation underpins the need to develop parental support of adolescents, and the experience from this pilot shows that ICDP may be a fruitful point of departure for such an initiative.

Praksisperioder i yrkesutdanningen

15. August 2018

Torgeir Nyen and Anna Hagen Tønder have written about practical training periods in school based vocational education in Norway following the introduction of the Knowledge Promotion Reform in 2006. Their contribution is part of the anthology Integration of Vocational Education and Training Experiences, published by Springer.

Collective bargaining in Northern Europe under strain

14. August 2018

In this paper Jon Erik Dølvik (picture) and Paul Marginson look at multiple drivers of change in collective bargaining and wage floor regulation in Germany, four Nordic countries and the UK. Addressing the impact of increased competition among northern countries and mobility of production factors between eastern and northern European countries,the emphasis is on changes in wage coordination, articulation between bargaining levels, and ways of regulating wage floors.

An encyclopedic look at the Kurds

13. August 2018

Nerina Weiss has written two chapters in the anthology The Kurds. An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society (ed. S. Maisel), published by ABC-CLIO.  Nerina’s contributions are «Social Organization and Family Life», and «Gender Roles».

Post-qualifying and continuing education in public sector

06. July 2018

Åsmund Arup Seip will on behalf of Skills Norway map schemes and regulations that encourage post-qualifying and continuing education and training programs, by examining a selection of collective agreements.

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