Information is continuing to emerge on COVID-19 and the resulting legislative changes being instituted in Russia. We have compiled a list of important updates for Russian employers to be aware of. Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide the latest updates to keep you informed.
COVID-19 Updates - Russia
Last Updated – March 30, 2020
Employers do have the ability to decrease employee wages, but only if there are substantial grounds for the decrease. Justifications for decreased pay can include reduction to working hours. For pay decreases to become official, there must be mutual consent between the employer and the employee. Employers can face severe backlash for any breach of employee rights. Any changes to the employment contract, including wage or work-time reductions, should be done with extreme caution.
Russia has announced a national leave from March 30, 2020 to April 5, 2020. Additionally, all individuals age 65 or older have been instructed to stay in self-quarantine until April 14th, 2020.
Employers in several industries are entitled to defer payment of taxes, as well as contributions to social security, until May 1, 2020.
Employers must provide temporary disability benefits to employees over the age of 65 who are in government mandated self-quarantine. Each employee is entitled to receive 2,000 RUB within the first 3 days of self-quarantine, along with an additional 2,000 RUB at the end of the self-quarantine period. Second payment will be made after April 14, 2020. Employee will not receive payments if they violate the self-quarantine instructions.
Employers are required to keep employees over the age of 65 away from the work place, unless the employee hold a position that is critical to the function of the operation. All other employees over the age of 65 must work from home. Employers must provide the employee with paid leave if the employee is unable to work from home. In order to place the employee on paid leave, the employer must receive the consent of the employee.