UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia… Read more

Russia: Higher penalties for breaches of employment legislation

On 1 January 2015 new amendments governing the liability of employers for breaches of Russian employment legislation entered into force. In particular, the general penalty for breach of employment legislation has been increased. Moreover, some new penalties have been introduced… Read more

Russia: Major overhaul of secondment arrangements

After almost 4 years of deliberation, the concept of a secondment has finally been introduced into the Russian Labour Code by Federal Law No. 116-FZ dated 5 May 2014 (the "Law") entering into force on 1 January 2016. Amendments have… Read more

Employees in Russia can now work from home

Recent developments in Russian employment law arising out of the President's Order given on 14 March 2011 allow employees to work from home.  These changes to the Labour Code of the Russian Federation (the "Labour Code") are effective from 19… Read more

Engaging foreign employees in Russia

Compliance with local employment and migration laws remains an area of increasing interest to Russian regulatory authorities. Consequently, international companies operating in Russia should pay attention to the employment and migration aspects of their local business activities. Below we highlight… Read more

Share-options plans in Russia: Reasons to be careful

There are many international businesses operating in Russia. Many encourage their employees to assume increased responsibility and, accordingly, to gain improved results, motivate their employees by implementing incentive schemes in the form of share-option plans. Share-option plans are used widely in… Read more

Secondments: do they have a future in Russia

Modern Russian labour legislation is underpinned by a fundamental principle dating back to the Soviet era – the principle of the full protection of employees. That is why, although secondments are relatively common in Russia, the employer’s ability to second… Read more

Mass redundancies in EMEA

Recent times have seen regular announcements of mass redundancies, more often than not from a company with global operations. These companies face the daunting challenge of analysing and comparing employee rights under the different legal regimes and co-ordinating the headcount… Read more

Russian Employment Law Issues for Foreign Companies

When considering employment law issues in Russia, the need for forethought and early action is imperative.  A lack of appreciation of the importance of Russian employment law is quite common among foreign companies in the Russian market, and their ignorance has… Read more