Russia has the largest landmass of all countries in the world and boasts natural resources worth $75 trillion, according to World Bank estimates. Ever since the privatization of Russia’s energy and defense-related sectors in the 1990s, the country has taken giant strides when it comes to growth. The GDP of Russia is 1.283 trillion, the 12th highest in the world. Revenues from oil, natural gas, and energy drive the Russian economy. Foreign trade is important as the combined value of imports and exports is equal to 51% of GDP.
Currency: Russian Ruble
Principal language: Russian
Government: Federal Semi-presidential Republic
Capital City: Moscow
Major Cities: St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk
Individual labor contracts are mandatory by Russian labor law. They are either for a specific period but not more than 5 years (known as the fixed-term contract), or last for an indeterminate period.
A standard workweek usually is not more than 40 hours. The Labor Code does not state a standard workday. It specifies shorter standard workweeks for some types of employees:
- For employees below the age of 16: 24 hours a week
- For employees in the age group 16 to 18 years: 35 hours a week
- For employees with disabilities: 35 hours in a week, and
- For employees working in unhealthy, hazardous or dangerous settings: 36 hours a week.
Employees in these categories have their work time reduced without any pay deduction. When an employee is working part-time for other reasons, however, pay is calculated pro rata based on the actual working time.
The Labor Code does not mandate specific days of the week to be days off, but notes that Sunday is a common day off and that in the case of 5-day workweeks, the 2 days off are usually consecutive.
Work time for employees in Russia cannot be more than 40 hours per week. In some circumstances, working time is more restrictive.
Additionally, the total hours per workday cannot be more than 7 hours for workers less than 18 years old or 5 hours for workers less than 16 years old. The workday cannot be more than 8 hours in a day for workers employed in hazardous or unsafe environments.
Overtime pay is stipulated by the law as 1.5 times the normal rate of pay for the first 2 hours more than standard working hours and 2 times the normal rate of pay for all working hours beyond that. Overtime cannot be more than 4 hours in a span of 2 days or 120 hours during a year for an employee. Collective bargaining agreements can also specify compensation payable for overtime work.
Employees need to give written consent to perform overtime work. Employees helping handicapped children aged 18 or less are also entitled to these benefits.
Employees get the following paid federal holidays every year:
- Jan. 1-2: New Year Holidays
- Jan. 7: Christmas
- Feb. 23: Day of the Defender of the Fatherland
- March 8: International Women's Day
- May 1-2: Spring and Labor Day
- May 9: Victory Day
- June 12: Day of Russia
- Nov. 4: National Unity Day
If a holiday occurs on a weekend or any other non-workday, then the paid day off is shifted to the workday that follows the holiday. While working on federal holidays is not allowed, workers may still need to work in some organizations that are continuously operational.
Russian workers are entitled to paid leave for 28 calendar days annually. Workers in unsafe or harmful occupations may get additional leave. Employers can also provide additional leave to workers based on an employment contract or agreement. During the first 6 months of employment, leaves are subject to employers’ discretion and approval.
Some types of paid leaves are guaranteed with no consideration of the time since employment commenced. These include adoptive leave, maternity leave, and leave for workers under age 18.
Child Care Leave
Employers need to allow employees 4 days of vacation per month on account of additional responsibility related to parenting disabled children aged less than 18.
Sick Child Leave
Employees get paid leave to look after a sick child, from 7 up to 60 days, varying on the basis of the child’s age and some other criteria. Payment for this leave comes from the Social Insurance Fund, and the amount varies based on the term of insurance and amount of contributions to the fund.
Expecting mothers can take up to 70 calendar days’ leave before childbirth and up to the same 70 calendar days post-childbirth. Employees get payment for the leave by the Social Insurance Fund with compensation based on averaged monthly salary during the last 12 months, but the amount cannot be higher than 15,000 rubles. Maternity leave can be taken in part or fully by a child's father, grandparents, any relative or guardian.
Employees are entitled to paid leave — up to 7 calendar days for one instance of sickness, and up to 30 calendar days during a year – to look after a sick family member. Social Insurance Fund pays for Family leave in the same proportion as sick leave.
Social insurance contributions are levied based on all employee wages paid by employers, as defined frequently by employment agreements. All social insurance plans specify thresholds on which the contributions are calculated. The Russian Federation has three types of obligatory pension insurance (OPI) plans, which provide a range of benefits for workers:
Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation
The usual premium rate is 2.9% for incomes up to 755,000 rubles.
Pension Fund of the Russian Federation
The rate of the insurance premium for the Pension Fund is 22% for incomes up to 876,000 rubles. The rate is 10% for all incomes more than 876,000 rubles.
Federal Fund for Mandatory Medical Insurance
The standard rate is 5.1% for incomes up to 876,000 rubles. No additional rate of contribution is applicable beyond this.
Companies employing 7 or more people in special economic zones for technology development may pay reduced premiums of around 14%.
All employees are under the coverage of the Russia's pension system. The qualifying age for an old-age pension is 65 years for men and 60 years for women.
Injured employees are entitled to free medical care and necessary treatment for recovery from their disability, and additional payments until recovery or assessment of the disability as permanent. The monthly allowance is equivalent to 100% of the concerned employee's salary with a ceiling of 261,320 rubles per month.
Workers who are unable to perform their work due to work-related injuries or diseases get a lump-sum payment as well as monthly payments and access to medical care. The lump-sum payment is a portion of the maximum 84,964 ruble, depending on the severity of those employees' incapacity.
In the event of an employee’s death due to a work-related disease or injury, his or her children, nonworking family members who look after the employee's children or dependents with disabilities receive the death benefit, which currently is 1 million ruble.
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