Russia: New Law Revises Work Time, Holiday Pay Rules

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By Sergei Blagov

Rules governing work time and compensation for weekend and holiday work have been amended by Federal Law No. 125-FZ signed by President Vladimir Putin June 18, the presidential press service announced June 19.

Under revisions to Article 93 of the Labor Code, employers are allowed to establish workdays and workweeks as short as they want. Under complementary revisions to Article 108, employers are not required to provide a meal break during any work shift that lasts fewer than four hours.

Revisions to Articles 152 and 153 entitle employees to extra compensation for work of less than a full day on weekends and public holidays.

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For More Information

Full text of Federal Law No. 125-FZ is available here, of the press service statement here, both in Russian.

For more information on Russian HR law and regulation, see the Russia primer.

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