Labour and Employment

Labour and Employment

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ALRUD’s Labour & Employment team is widely recognised as one of Russia’s premier practices. Our team has unrivalled expertise in working on multi-jurisdictional matters, advising domestic and multinational corporations with workforces and investments spread across the world.

ALRUD’s Labour & Employment team is widely recognised as one of Russia’s premier practices. Our team has unrivalled expertise in working on multi-jurisdictional matters, advising domestic and multinational corporations with workforces and investments spread across the world. One of our major strengths is our expertise in advising on contentious matters and our reputation means that we are the go-to firm for many clients seeking to resolve labour disputes arising in the Russian market. We defend their interests in complex, often cross-border disputes, conduct major workplace investigations and advise on a wide range of employee non-compliance issues. We also have a leading non-contentious practice, advising on incentive plans and remuneration structures, Russian migration law and expat employment contracts, tax planning and data protection. Another major element of our practice is supporting the labour and employment aspects of our clients’ M&A activity.

As the exclusive Russian member of Ius Laboris, the world’s leading international alliance of employment law professionals spanning 50 countries, we are renowned for our professional knowledge of the latest developments in labour laws, immigration and data protection regulation around the world.

ALRUD’s full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. Our Labour & Employment team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including corporate and M&A, competition & antitrust, financing, taxation, intellectual property and real estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding situations. At the same time, our Labour & Employment team is regularly instructed by clients on a standalone basis as their trusted adviser on HR-related matters.

Our core philosophy, which sets us apart from our competitors, is that providing excellent advice on labour and employment matters is not only about the technical interpretation of the law; it is equally about the economic, political, business and social considerations. This philosophy guides our approach to recruiting and developing the best lawyers in the field. We are unique in the focus we place on educational and development programmes for our lawyers, supporting them through post-graduate programmes at top business schools and secondments to some of the world’s leading international law firms. This enables our team to bring a broader perspective to our advice.

Our Services

  • Audits of Supervising Authorities. We help our clients to get prepared and successfully undergo audits of supervising authorities.

  • Complex Restructurings. Advising on the employment law consequences of all forms of complex business restructurings resulting from corporate transactions as well as the need to optimize the organizational structure.

  • Employee Compensation and Benefits. Advice on implementing all types of employee compensation and benefits programs including Incentive Plans and Pension Plans.

  • Global Mobility and Migration Support. We provide migration support services for senior executives and their family members.

  • HR Audits. Involves an objective look at the client’s HR policies, practices and procedures to reveal any incompliances and mitigate them to avoid claims of supervising authorities and employees.

  • Immigration. Provide immigration advice at all stages of relocations for senior executives (or entire teams) to high net worth individuals, high-profile celebrities or athletes, and their families. Immigration compliance audit. We also provide immigration compliance audits and ongoing assistance in managing a global workforce.

  • Labour Disputes and Out-of-Court Settlement. We represent clients at all stages of the litigation process as well as assist on settling the employer-employee conflicts in an out-of-court manner.

  • M&A employment support. Advice on the labour and employment aspects of our clients’ international and domestic transactions.

  • Personal Data. Advice on requirements of Data Protection Laws, including pre-employment screening, monitoring of employees.

  • Taxes. Advice on all types of taxes imposed on employers or employees including expat employees.

  • Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements. Consulting employers on managing their relationships with trade unions including dealing with trade union requests and claims, and obtaining approvals for trade union members’ dismissals. Strategic advice on balancing rights and obligations of employers and trade unions members and negotiating collective bargaining agreements including industry-specific agreements.

  • Workplace Compliance. Involves full legal support of Workplace Investigations of all types of employees’ misconduct.

Discover our insights

Newsletters
21.04.2020
COVID-19: Suspension of terms and other temporary migration rules in Russia
191,08 KB
14.04.2020
COVID-19: New limitations and digital pass system in Moscow and Moscow Region
260,31 KB
31.03.2020
COVID-19: What should employers take into account during the non-working week and general self-isolation regime?
192,27 KB
27.03.2020
COVID-19: Nationwide paid week-off and anti-crisis measures to support business and people during pandemic in Russia
188,72 KB
23.03.2020
COVID-19: Temporary procedure for the extension of migration terms for foreign citizens
169,64 KB
17.03.2020
COVID-19: Russian Government established entry ban for foreign nationals
157,92 KB
19.02.2020
New terms of storage for HR documents
179,84 KB
03.02.2020
Reporting to Russian Pension Fund: new rules, now digital
139,21 KB
25.12.2019
New rules of recording labour activities of employees
225,8 KB
12.12.2019
Compensation for fatal accidents at work - expansion of the recipient list
161,75 KB
11.12.2019
Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection issued new recommendations on anti-corruption compliance for organizations
263,88 KB
27.11.2019
Forced recovery of unpaid salaries - amendments to the Labour Code
176,28 KB
13.11.2019
New rules of regulation of agency work
188,47 KB
22.10.2019
Visa-free entrance to Russia for 2020 UEFA European Football Championship Fan ID owners
217,73 KB
13.09.2019
Digest of key judgments of the Higher Courts of the Russian Federation 2018/2019
274,93 KB
12.09.2019
New rules for notification of the Employment Center
122,14 KB
06.09.2019
New forms of migration reports and applications
165,82 KB
08.04.2019
1Q 2019: key developments in Russian migration legislation
211,53 KB
23.01.2019
2019: key developments in Russian labour and migration legislation
282,32 KB
29.10.2018
New category of employees in Russia from 2019 – persons of pre-retirement age
137,57 KB
18.10.2018
Key developments in Russian labour and migration legislation 2018
225,51 KB
20.09.2018
Procedure of imposing disciplinary action for anti-corruption violations
113,7 KB

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Aeroflot

on its dispute with the State Labour Inspectorate in relation to the remuneration of its flying crew.

Akzo Nobel

on HR issues relating to the demerger of its Paints & Coatings and Specialty Chemicals businesses.

Burberry

on the opening of a flagship store in Russia and associated employment matters.

HP

on the labour issues in the Russian part of the acquisition by HP Inc. of the printer business from Samsung Electronics Co.

Microsoft

on the local labour law aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s global devices and services business.

Moody’s

on the labour aspects of its €3bn acquisition of Bureau van Dijk.

Olam

on the legal and tax implications of implementing the international employee share plan.

One of the major US analytics companies

with a complex internal investigation of alleged misconducts of two employees of the Russian subsidiary.

Philip Plein

on the development of HR policies, including bonus policy for sales employees.

Sojitz Corporation

the Japanese international trade corporation, on its JV with a network of car dealerships for the sale of Subaru cars across Russia.

The Large international oil trading company

on formalization of employment of foreign employees in Russia, support on obtaining work permits and work visas.

The world's leading music company, owning and operating a broad array of businesses in more than 60 countries

on a range of employment matters, successfully represented the client in 4 litigations with the conflict employee, who had access to the financial resources of the client.

Uber

regarding the employment implications of its US$3.7 billion JV agreement with Yandex Taxi.

Viacom

on employment, migration and data privacy issues.

Discover our insights

Newsletters
21.04.2020
COVID-19: Suspension of terms and other temporary migration rules in Russia
191,08 KB
14.04.2020
COVID-19: New limitations and digital pass system in Moscow and Moscow Region
260,31 KB
31.03.2020
COVID-19: What should employers take into account during the non-working week and general self-isolation regime?
192,27 KB
27.03.2020
COVID-19: Nationwide paid week-off and anti-crisis measures to support business and people during pandemic in Russia
188,72 KB
23.03.2020
COVID-19: Temporary procedure for the extension of migration terms for foreign citizens
169,64 KB
17.03.2020
COVID-19: Russian Government established entry ban for foreign nationals
157,92 KB
19.02.2020
New terms of storage for HR documents
179,84 KB
03.02.2020
Reporting to Russian Pension Fund: new rules, now digital
139,21 KB
25.12.2019
New rules of recording labour activities of employees
225,8 KB
12.12.2019
Compensation for fatal accidents at work - expansion of the recipient list
161,75 KB
11.12.2019
Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection issued new recommendations on anti-corruption compliance for organizations
263,88 KB
27.11.2019
Forced recovery of unpaid salaries - amendments to the Labour Code
176,28 KB
13.11.2019
New rules of regulation of agency work
188,47 KB
22.10.2019
Visa-free entrance to Russia for 2020 UEFA European Football Championship Fan ID owners
217,73 KB
13.09.2019
Digest of key judgments of the Higher Courts of the Russian Federation 2018/2019
274,93 KB
12.09.2019
New rules for notification of the Employment Center
122,14 KB
06.09.2019
New forms of migration reports and applications
165,82 KB
08.04.2019
1Q 2019: key developments in Russian migration legislation
211,53 KB
23.01.2019
2019: key developments in Russian labour and migration legislation
282,32 KB
29.10.2018
New category of employees in Russia from 2019 – persons of pre-retirement age
137,57 KB
18.10.2018
Key developments in Russian labour and migration legislation 2018
225,51 KB
20.09.2018
Procedure of imposing disciplinary action for anti-corruption violations
113,7 KB

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 rating

On April 15, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. In total, ALRUD Law Fi...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2020

The international, legal-ranking Chambers and Partners has published the results of the annual European rating of leading law firms – Chambers Europe ...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

On March 12, 2019 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2018 research. AL...

ALRUD - Law Firm of the year 2019 in Russia

For a fourth consecutive year the international ranking Who’s Who Legal recognizes ALRUD Law Firm as Russian Law Firm of the Year. Since 1996 every y...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rating

On April 10, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency a...

ALRUD positions in the Best Lawyers 2020 rating

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 24th May 2019. ...

ALRUD among the top 100 Elite law firms for International Investigations

In 2018, ALRUD was recognized among the 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Invest...

Best Lawyers 2019 recognized ALRUD experts

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 27 June 2018. A...

Alrud strengthens its positions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018 ratings

On April 12, Legal 500, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2018

On March 8, 2018 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2017 research. ALR...

ALRUD among TOP 100 firms for International Investigation

ALRUD was ranked among the top 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Investigation R...

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