Media: In Russia may introduce special rules for layoffs and idle during coronavirus

The labour Ministry has prepared a document on the special order of layoffs and the introduction of the idle mode during a pandemic. It is reported by RBC with reference to the relevant document.

In particular, the Ministry has developed a draft government resolution “On peculiarities of legal regulation of labor relations in 2020”. The authenticity of the document was confirmed by a source close to the government, and the representative of the Ministry of labor.

the Draft resolution provides that during the period of forced suspension of activities of the company due to quarantine restrictions workers cannot be sent in a simple or fired by the employer.

“the Termination of the employment relationship with the employee, who is subject to the restrictive measures implemented on the initiative of the worker (at own will) or by agreement of the parties,” the document States.

it is Also proposed to establish that the reduction of number or staff, if the notice period of the employees expires during the period of quarantine, dismissal occurs on the next business day after the restrictive measures.

the document stipulates that in respect of employees who are not subject to restrictive measures (employees of the enterprises of the continuous cycle, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, etc.), the introduction of idle time is carried out according to the current legislation: temporary suspension of work caused by the epidemic and any exceptional circumstances that threaten people’s lives, is idle for reasons beyond the control of the employer or employee, and is payable in the amount of not less than 2/3 of the tariff rate, an official salary, prorated downtime when downtime caused by the employer, it is to be paid at the rate of not less than 2/3 of the average wage of the employee.

during the period of restrictive measures, employees may be granted leave by agreement with the employer specified in the draft resolution. In this case, “lyingennaya disability in connection with the quarantine is not a basis for extension or transfer holiday”, reads the document.

the Ministry Also proposed to reduce the period of notice the employee about the change by the employer of the employment contract and mode of operation (including the introduction of a mode of incomplete working day or incomplete working week), from two months to two weeks if the need for those caused by the quarantine restrictions noted in the draft resolution.

at the same time, the Agency proposed to give the employer the right to transfer the employee without his consent is not conditioned by employment contract working for the same employer for a period of up to three months, the document says. According to the draft of the new regulation, transfer to a job requiring lower qualifications is allowed only with the written consent of the employee, and his salary should not be below average earnings on former work.

the Document has sent to the Russian trilateral Commission for regulating social-labour relations.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova has informed that in Russia there are 1 million 665 thousand officially registered unemployed. A little later, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited data showing that unemployment in Russia reached 1.9 million people.

the Ministry of labour and social protection of the Russian Federation predicts the peak in the number of unemployed in Russia for the III quarter of 2020.

Add, Putin has supported prolongation for three months of payment of unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs after March 1 and not able to find a job in three months.

“I Agree with the following proposal: to extend for three months the payment of unemployment benefits to citizens who in the period after March 1 lost a right in connection with the expiration of the deadline,” said Putin.

He added that the measure will be valid until 1 October 2020.

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