Goltsblat BLP advises of changes in the status of draft law No. 88331-6 regulating “distance employees”

07.03.2013

Legal Update No. 409, 7 March 2013

Goltsblat BLP advises of changes in the status of draft law No. 88331-6, which is aimed at regulating the labour of so called “distance employees”.

According to the available information, on 21 February 2013, the State Duma Committee for labour, social policy and veteran affairs adopted a decision to forward the draft law to the Council of the State Duma and recommend it for approval at the second reading.

It should be recalled that the draft law is to supplement the Labour Code with a new chapter regulating the labour of “distance employees”. Of great importance are the amendments that would allow the working hours regime to be determined by agreement between the employer and the “distance employee”; the possibility of concluding an employment agreement and acquainting the “distance employee” with local regulatory acts in electronic format (using a reinforced electronic digital signature). The originals would be sent to the employee by registered post.

Consideration of the document at the second reading is scheduled for 12 March 2013. Since, however, the State Duma Regulations do not establish fixed terms for scheduling a draft law for hearing, the said date might be changed.

Goltsblat BLP will track the development of this draft law’s status and inform you of any changes.

If you have any question or would like more detailed information, please contact: Nadezhda Ilyushina, Head of Employment, Pension & Benefits Practice, Goltsblat BLP: +7 495 287 44 44, Nadezhda.Ilyushina@gblplaw.com.

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