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July 7—Wages owed employees of insolvent businesses will have new protections under Federal Law No. 186-FZ signed by President Vladimir Putin June 29, the presidential press service reported July 1, the day the law became effective.
• requires CEOs of insolvent businesses to file for bankruptcy if their companies have owed back salaries or employment termination payments (ETP) to employees for more than three months,
• allows employees owed back wages and ETPs to petition arbitration courts to seek bankruptcy of their former employers and
• requires insolvent employers to first make payments of back wages and ETPs of 30,000 rubles ($537) per employee per month and only afterwards make other back payments, including payments for intellectual property rights.
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Full text of the press service statement is available at http://www.kremlin.ru/acts/news/49848, Federal Law No. 186-FZ at http://static.kremlin.ru/media/events/files/ru/Fpjc0NKYRNM766n6mcnz7v6zRbr4ZyAU.pdf, both in Russian.
For more information on Russian HR law and regulation, see the Russia primer.
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