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Norway: Redundancies ruled void due Employer’s erroneous procedure

50 employees were made redundant. Some of the employees sued the employer and claimed that their redundancy was unjust and should be ruled void. The High Court considered the employer’s process prior to the redundancies to be inadequate. The applicable collective agreement had been interpreted incorrectly by the employer. Because of the obligation to comply with the collective agreement, the employer did not have grounds to put competence above seniority as criteria for selection of redundant employees.. Further, too few of the employees who should have been considered for possible redundancy, were actually considered by the employer. The redundancies were ruled void, and the employees were also granted compensation.