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Comparative study of legislation and legal practices in the Nordic countries concerning labour inspection

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The objective of this study was to find out how legislation and legal practices concerning labour inspections differ in the Nordic countries. To accomplish this, individual eports on each Nordic country were made. Three areas concerning labour inspection were investigated in each report: An examination on how labour inspection is administered in order to gain an insight into how labour inspection is governed in each country. Secondly, the scope of legislation concerning labour inspection was examined to establish whether the Labour Inspection Authorities in the Nordic countries are expected to enforce only legislation concerning occupational safety and health, working conditions in general, or whether the Authorities have been additionally entrusted other duties, e.g. enforcement with the terms and conditions of employment of workers. Furthermore, it was also examined to whom the legislation applies and the content of the provisions of the legislation. Finally, the follow-up systems of the labour inspection legislation were examined.

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The major finding of this study is that the legislation and legal practices concerning labour inspection does not differ substantially among the Nordic countries. This is mainly due to the membership of all the countries of ILO and either the EU or the EEA which oblige the countries to transpose EU directives concerning health and safety at work and labour law into their national legal systems and also to the fact that the Nordic counties share similar values and legal traditions. However there are some important differences among the countries as listed below

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