Anticipatory professional training for employees and the organisation of public works if there is a risk of mass redundancies in Moscow.

19.05.2009

LEGAL UPDATE No. 38.

Goltsblat BLP advises that Moscow Government Resolution No. 351-PP of 28 April 2009 “On the Approval of Regulations on Anticipatory Professional Training for Employees in Moscow in the Event of a Threat of Mass Redundancies and Regulations on the Organisation of Public Works for Employees at Risk of Mass Redundancies and Internships for Graduates of Primary and Secondary Vocational Training Institutions  for the Purpose of Acquiring Work Experience” (hereinafter – the “Resolution”) has been adopted. The Resolution will enter into force 10 days after its official publication.

Anticipatory professional training will be organised for employees in Moscow on the basis of applications by employers if there is a risk of mass redundancies (in the event of part-time work arrangements, suspension of work, the granting of unpaid leaves, disengagement of employees) prior to the termination of their employment contracts.

An employer will sign an anticipatory professional training contract with a public employment authority or an educational institution and an internship contract for anticipatory professional off-the-job or on-the-job training - with an employee.  The public employment authority will pay for the training. The employee will be entitled to an average salary during the period of training.

The Resolution introduces the following types of training: professional training, professional retraining, further training. The Resolution is not applicable to the receipt of higher or secondary professional education.

In addition to general obligations imposed on employers if there is a risk of mass redundancies, they must provide jobs for the employees who underwent such training. This should be demonstrated in corresponding documents that should be submitted to the employment authority  once the employees have completed their training.

The Resolution also stipulates the organisation of public works (socially useful labour)  for employees, who may be the targets of mass redundancies and the provision of internships by creating production jobs for the graduates of primary and secondary vocational training institutions to enable them to obtain work experience.

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