a newly introduced bill seeks to increase fines up to 70 thousand rubles (approx. EUR 1,000) for employers who interfere with labor inspectors. If the bill is adopted, a director involved in committing multiple administrative offenses within the same year will not be disqualified (current penalty). Instead, only an administrative fine would be imposed.
the right of labor inspectors to control acts of the Soviet Union has to be canceled on July 1, 2017. The Ministry of Labor intends to extend amendments until January 1, 2019 for the transition period.
Rostrud (the Federal Agency of Labor and Employment) made a mobile app
The Russian Supreme Court declared that bonuses (which could be a part of salary in Russia) for employees of bank organizations could not be guaranteed payments and could be cut back by employer in some circumstances. The court explained that banking is regulated by specialized laws, which describes characteristics of labor remuneration of such employees (it might lay down the rule of repeal bonuses when poor financial result has taken place).
From 1 January 2017, identification salary factors would be increased under territorial, sectoral and professional measures.
Standard form of the local act regulating safety and health management system is established.
The Russian Ministry of Labor confirmed the possibility of applying disciplinary measures to rude and mistreatment behavior with clients. Local acts of the employer shall provide inadmissibility of sharp statements.
It will soon be possible to combine the modes of short working day and short working week. Overtime work within public holidays would then be paid as either overtime work or work on public holidays only (double payment excluded). In case a part of an employee’s shift takes place during a public holiday, and another goes beyond it, the employer would pay a double amount only for the first part of the shift.
According to the results of the interviews with employers, companies now reduce benefits for their employees. For example, 5% of the companies have ceased to pay additional trainings, and 6% – transport fees. 7% of companies excluded gyms and swimming pools from their compensation packages. Companies allow discounts on their products instead. Remarkably, the number of companies that keep additional health insurance for employees remains the same (24%).
Over the past few years, representatives of the state labor inspectorate noted that for 1 mistake in 100 employment agreements, a company could be fined 30,000 RUB (minimum fine for one breach) multiplied by 100. Now, the Russian Supreme Court has changed its view concerning the method of imposing administrative fines on employers for breaches of labor law. Similar breaches of law (e.g., delay of salary payment for 100 employees) shall entail one fine. At the same time, when an employer delays both the wages and interest for the delay, there are two different breaches and consequently two fines.