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Delegation from the Romanian Ministry of Labour to Norway

20. April 2015

Gudmund Hernes and Kristin Jesnes (pictured) will receive a delegation from the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly. Fafo will put together an academic program enabling the Ministry to better understand the law on arbitration of labour disputes and how this might work in practice. The project is financed by the EEA and Norway Grants.

New article on collective agreements

17. April 2015

Which collective agreement shall be applied, and how are disputes between the parties on which agreement to choose handled? How are trade unions confederations solving organizational conflicts about the boundaries between member unions? Fafo-researcher Kristine Nergaard, together with attorney Christopher Hansteen, has written an article on these topics in Arbeidsrett (Vol 12 No January 2015).

The IDOL-generation as workers

14. April 2015

What are the main challenges when the so-called IDOL-generation become workers? Will self-confidence trump competence? Fafo-researcher Jon Rogstad has written an essay in ISCO Group Communication, no. 1/2015 on the topic. He launches five trends that are crucial in order to understand the current relationship between employers and employees.

New report on learning conditions

13. April 2015

Participation rates for on the job training are high among Norwegian employees, compared to employees elsewhere in Europe. In this report we seek to investigate how learning conditions are affected by more flexible employment strategies. Are we facing a greater competence gap in the labour market? We analyze the questions by looking at learning conditions for employees on temporal and part-time contracts, and with different educational levels. The report is written by Hedda Haakestad and Erika Braanen Sterri. 

International conference on children of immigrants

13. April 2015

Monday april 13th Fafo hosts an international conferens on the project "The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study" launced in 2015. Similar projects have been conducted in F Florida and California, and are now being applied in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Spain, allowing researchers to combine a longitudinal design with cross-country comparisons.

The education situation in the world.

10. April 2015

Today Unesco launched the Global Monitoring Report on the education situation in the world. Fafo's Anne Kielland has written one of this year's background papers for the report, addressing the topic of education in slums.

Formula-publications are available

09. April 2015

The publicatons from the Formula project are now available online. Formula - Free movement and labour law - was funded by The Research Council of Norway in the first phase of the research initiative 'Europe in Transition (EUROPA)', a ten year program (2007-2017) focusing on transition processes in Europe and how these progesses affect Norway. Professor Stein Evju, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, was project manager in collaboration with Jonas Malmberg (University of Uppsala) and Jon Erik Dølvik, Fafo (pictured). Read more and dowload the books (in English). * Read more about Fafo's research on labour mobility

How to recruit persons with reduced work capacity

08. April 2015

“Ringer i Vannet” ("Ripples in the water") is an initiative from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO). The aim is to make businesses and employers more aware and able to recruit persons with reduced work capacity. Although the initiative has not been evaluated, it is marketed as a success. The report documents the methods used, the perceived experiences and the success criteria according to the participants. It also identifies factors that contribute to a better jobmatch between employer and job seeker.* Read more and download the report  (in Norwegian only).

Hezbollah's various roles

07. April 2015

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia Islamist organization, is in 2015 in a peculiar situation as both a state- and non-state actor. It is balancing non-state activities such as providing armed forces, social services, and private telecommunications to its Shia community with its role as a dominant part of the Lebanese government. Its armed forces are also heavily involved in the Syrian war, while Lebanon’s formal policy is dissociation with the same conflict. In a new article published at The Global Observatory, Fafo researcher Mona Christophersen poses the question: How are such incongruous responsibilities affecting Hezbollah as a political movement? * Read the article

New video: Crisis in VET?

27. March 2015

How do you attain the staus of skilled worker? How long will it take? And is it correct to speak of a "crisis" in VET? These are just a few of the questions answered by Fafo researchers Anna Hagen Tønder  and Torgeir Nyen in this video interview done for arbeidslivet.no (in Norwegian).

New report on working time in residential child welfare units

26. March 2015

Dag Olberg has written the report together with Karen-Sofie Pettersen at WRI. Working time arrangements where employees live together with children and youth in residential child welfare units, are becoming more common. Employees, the management and youths are all satisfied with these arrangements, yet how they should be to regulated, is debated. The report is in Norwegian. * Read more and download the report

Final report on social work and housing

25. March 2015

Fafo has together with NOVA evaluated the program "continuing education in methods in social work and housing". This final report discusses whether the education program offers  capacity and knowledge  that is relevant to meet local challenges. Arne Backer Grønningsæter has written the report (in Norwegian only). * Read more and download the report

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