Russia: Foreign Workforce Rules Clarified

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By Sergei Blagov

Oct. 1—Foreign workers, except skilled employees, employed in the Russian Federation qualify for the mandatory paid sick leave policy, and their employers must pay a mandatory social levy of 1.8 percent of salary, the Russian Federal Social Insurance Fund ruled in Letter No. 02-09-11/15-15838 clarifying provisions of Federal Law No. 407-FZ. Foreign workers become eligible to benefit from the paid sick leave policy after six month of payments by employers

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