Elena Chershintseva

Elena Chershintseva

Senior Associate, PhD in Law
Elena Chershintseva
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Elena Chershintseva is a Senior Associate in the Labour and Employment Practice at ALRUD Law Firm.

She advises Russian and foreign companies on a wide range of labour and migration law issues, as well as data protection matters in employment relations.

Elena’s experience includes conducting HR audits and internal investigations, supporting labour disputes and inspections of government authorities, as well as advising on structuring relations with independent contractors. She also has an extensive experience in the implementation and localization of companies’ global policies.

Elena specializes in complex projects supporting mass layoffs, restructuring, transfers of employees, liquidation of companies and conflict dismissals.

Elena graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, with a specialization in Labour Law. She received her Ph.D., in Labour and Social Security Law, in 2014.

Before joining ALRUD in 2020, she worked for the Moscow office of international law firm.

Elena is fluent in English.

Includes advising and representing:

Worldwide automotive supplier

during the process of a global restructuring of its business, including mass layoffs in its Russian subsidiary.

IT Company, provider of software

with conducting an internal investigation and a comprehensive dismissal of an employee, who threatened to act outside the interests of Client, which might have led to the disclosure of confidential information.

One of the leading producers of equipment in the food industry

on employment matters, related to change of the CEO and implementation of a long-term incentive plan for the new CEO.

One of the leaders in the electronic components industry

on a wide range of issues, during restructuring of its Russian subsidiary, mass layoffs and replacement of the CEO.

Charity foundation

on employment matters in connection with the its potential activity, with the aim to provide social assistance to employees and their families.

Car distributor

in a restructuring process, which involved changes in several departments and a complex redundancy program, advising on its selection procedure, which affected specific, protected categories of employees.

One of global consumer products companies

in a project, related to its global restructuring, which implied outsourcing of one of the functions to the foreign company – a third-party provider and elimination of several job positions.

US-based IT company

on a wide range of labour and migration law issues in the course of liquidation of its Russian subsidiary, including preparation of all documents, communications with State authorities, negotiations with employees and resolving other employment-related issues.

Service provider for automotive manufacturers

on the procedure for resuming work under restrictions, established due to COVID-19 at federal and regional levels, in different regions of Russia.

UK-based insurance company

which does not have a presence in Russia, on a wide range of issues, related to structuring of an agreement with a citizen of one of the CIS countries, living in Russia.

Irina Anyukhina and Elena Chershintseva prepared a review for the IBA
The International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA) published its 11th annual global report on general international trends in human resources law with examples from 55 countries. Irina Anyukhina, Partner of ALRUD Labour Practice, and Elena Chershintseva, Senior Associate of ALRUD Labour Practice, PhD, covered a block of issues related to current regulatory trends and developments in Russian labour and migration law, including flexible working, alternative workforce, unions, labour disputes. The global report can be found here.
14 June 2023
Step-by-step plan: What should an employer do in the event of an occupational accident?
ALRUD experts have prepared this material for HR directors, compliance officers and heads of legal departments, detailing the obligatory and recommended actions that should be taken in the event of an occupational accident. The purpose of this step-by-step plan is to provide high-level guidance on how to protect the interests of affected employees, investigate occupational accidents and thus mitigate risks of administrative and criminal liability for the employer and its officers.
21 March 2023
Checklist: Mutual separation – what else to consider before and after concluding the agreement
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, When terminating employees and senior executives, including in case of a conflict, the main focus should be on negotiating separation terms and concluding a mutual termination agreement (“MTA”). However, protecting the company’s interests and ensuring that any related processes are legally compliant and unhindered, entails a much wider range of issues and actions that need to be considered prior to and once the agreement with an employee has been reached. We have created a checklist that will guide you through such issues making your separation process smooth and safe for the company. --table-- --table-border-- --table-header-- Issue What to consider Choosing a termination date (i) Termination on a day-off or holiday is permitted but entails numerous complexities (final settlement when banks are not working, payment for the work of an HR team outside of normal working hours, etc.)(ii) Check if it is required to notify the employment center on termination upon mutual consent (subject to regional regulations and simultaneous staff redundancy of other employees)(iii) Check employment-related documents for special conditions on the date of employment termination Isolation of potentially “malicious” employee before separation (i) No concept of “garden leave” in Russian law (ii) Downtime (paid partially or in full), paid/unpaid leave and remote work (subject to an employee’s consent) may be used as alternatives Processing employee’s personal data (PD) in a due way (i) Separate consent on former employee’s PD processing is required for saving data in corporate resources and assuring continuity of its processing (ii) Deal with cross-border transfer of employee’s PD if it is transferred to any company within the group abroad, including a head company Protecting company’s IP rights and confidential data (i) Ensure that the proper secrecy policy is in place, check employees’ due familiarization with its most recent version(ii) Obtain separate NDA(iii) Establish non-disclosure obligations in the MTA(iv) Consider possibility to include non-compete and non-solicit clauses (v) Consider limiting access to corporate resources and databases to mitigate data stealing risks before separation. However, note that a complete restriction of an employee’s access to corporate systems and company premises may be considered as labour law violation Transfer of properties (i) Prepare inventory list along with transfer & acceptance act for retrieving properties from the employee (ii) Prepare documents formalizing sale (in some cases cash register equipment is required) or free transfer of company’s properties to the employee (iii) Estimate terms and processes necessary for transferring properties to/from and exchanging documents with remote employee Payment issues (i) Incentives due to the employee and deferred bonuses: decide how much to pay and when(ii) Shareholders’ approval of compensation upon one or few MTAs (in aggregate) as major transaction: check whether the amount exceeds the criteria(iii) Loans provided to or by the employee: the parties may agree on their return before the separation or discuss how the respective relations will be continued or ended after it(iv) Parachutes and termination conditions in the contract, side letters and other agreements: assess applicability and influence on the process Specifics of top executives’ termination (i) Termination of the CEO and other members of the executive body require adopting shareholders’ resolution and registration within Russian tax authorities (ii) Separation with the CEO and other managers (including the Chief Accountant) may be subject to further precautions as finding the substitute in advance, PoA withdrawal, notification of the bank and proper transfer to the substitute of documents, logins, etc. The last day of work (i) Complete the transfer of properties (ii) Carry out HR formalities (iii) Remember to notify the Social Fund We hope you find this checklist useful! ALRUD specialists have extensive expertise and will be glad to provide any legal support on issues related to mutual separation processes. For more information on this and other frequently faced issues listen to our podcasts “Be Aware and Share”. Note: Please be aware that all information provided in this letter was taken from open sources. Neither ALRUD Law Firm, nor the author of this letter, bear any liability for consequences of any decisions made in reliance upon this information. If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact ALRUD team.
13 February 2023
Elena Chershintseva prepared an article for the International Employment Law Map
Elena Chershintseva prepared an article for the International Employment Law Map The latest edition of annual guide, named “Mapping the Trends: The Global Employer Update 2023,” provides updates on the key employment law developments across 83 jurisdictions. The editors publish the most important issues and trends in labour law from feedback from local employment law counsel network around the globe, focusing on those that can help business to manage their global workforces in 2023. Elena Chershintseva, ALRUD Senior Associate, PhD in Law, prepared a short review of key legal developments relating to the Russian labour law, in keeping with the interests of international readers. The article includes extremely urgent topics of today: remote work from abroad, Major reform of Russian data protection laws, Upcoming ambitious migration reform. The full text is available here.
23 January 2023
ALRUD experts prepared an article for Ius Laboris
Irina Anyukhina, ALRUD Partner, Elena Chershintseva, Associate, and Ekaterina Bronitsyna, junior specialist, wrote an article «Terminating employment by mutual agreement: the risks in Russia and beyond» for Ius Laboris. The article reflects the most current practice of a new judicial approach in Russia regarding mutual consent termination and implications for employers to consider. Alliance members from 11 countries commented the situation in their jurisdictions. Full text of the publication is available on the website of Ius Laboris. Ius Laboris is a global alliance of law firms specializing in labour, immigration and pension law. The network’s members employ more than 1500 HR lawyers from 59 countries of Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.
29 December 2021
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