"Norwegian alarm system monitors length of office lavatory visits"
Last year the country's workplace ombudsman said one firm was reported for making women workers wear a red bracelet when they were having their period to justify more frequent trips to the loo.
Another company made staff sign a lavatory "visitors book" while a third issued employees with an electronic key card to gain access to the lavatories so they could monitor breaks.
Norway's chief workplace ombudsman Bjorn Erik Thon said: "These are extreme cases of workplace monitoring, but they are real.
"We receive many complaints about monitoring in the workplace, which is becoming a growing problem as it is so often being used for something other than what it was originally intended for.
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