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Equality and discrimination: Employer’s activity and reporting obligations

May 24 2023
12:00 pm
CEST - Central European Summer Time (UTC +2:00)

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Equality and discrimination: Employer’s activity and reporting obligations


The activity and reporting obligation (in Norwegian: “ARP”) was introduced in 2020, but many companies are still unaware of the various requirements laid down by the law for all Norwegian companies, regardless of size. Further, ARP requires all companies with more than 50 employees (or more than 20 employees, if e.g. employee representatives in the company demand it) to report on various indicators in the field of equality between men and women, as well as give a general account of how the company work to prevent all forms of discrimination and promotion of equality. For instance, did you know that salary information and involuntary part-time work must be attached the annual report for 2022?

In this webinar, lawyers from the leading Norwegian law firm Thommessen will give an account of the employer’s duties. There will also be a panel debate, where Thommessen together with Marie Sunde, CEO and founder of Equality Check, and Kjersti Nystad Skeie, EVP Business Support, Kongsberg Maritime, will share their experiences with equality work in Norwegian businesses.


Håkon Berge, Specialist Counsel, Thommessen

Håkon has worked with employment law for near 17 years and is particularly experienced within employment law dispute resolution and litigation, where he has assisted clients in numerous cases in both district and appellate courts. Håkon is an highly experienced employment law advisor to both public and private clients within a broad field of industries. Håkon’s expertise includes subjects such as termination and dismissals, redundancy processes, employment agreements and benefits, whistleblowing, equality and discrimination, and more.

Anders Sundsdal, Managing Associate, Thommessen

Anders work with employment law matters for Norwegian and international clients at Thommessen’s Oslo office. He has extensive experience with employment contracts, terminations and redundancy processes. Further, Anders’ work includes litigation in both district and appellate courts, transactions, whistleblowing cases and equality and discrimination matters.

Hilde Wiig Nicolaysen, Senior Associate, Thommessen

Hilde works with employment law at Thommessen’s Oslo office, advising both international and Norwegian clients in matters such as transfer of business, restructuring processes and terminations. Hilde also assists companies with collective labour law issues, including assessments of issues concerning collective agreements. She is also experienced in litigations before the Norwegian courts.

Kjersti Nystad Skeie, EVP Business Support, Kongsberg Maritime

Business Administration degree (Siv.Øk.) from University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2002.

20+ years in the HR field with international scope for the last eleven years.

Worked at Hafslund in various leadership and HR positions for 10 years, then moved to Kongsberg in 2012. Now responsible for all supporting functions in Kongsberg Maritime.

Kongsberg Maritime supplies technology, equipment and services needed for sustainable maritime operations today and in the future. The market covers deliveries to advanced offshore and research vessels, cargo and passenger vessels, large fishing vessels and naval vessels, as well as offshore installations belonging to the aquaculture, oil & gas and wind power sectors. Kongsberg Maritime has operations in 32 countries and employs approx. 6,000 employees.

Marie Louise Sunde

Marie Louise Sunde is a medical doctor and holds a PhD in surgery. She is the Founder and CEO of Equality Check, a company that helps companies turn diversity, equity and inclusion to their competitive advantage by using data, domain expertise and evidence based solutions.

Dr. Sunde is on the advisory board of Women in Global Health, Partnership for Change and Polyteknisk forening, and at the board of Legevisitt (Maja) and Queen Sonja’s Singing Competition.

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