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  • 14.10.2020

    Working days in 2021

    The fourth quarter of 2020 has begun, the New Year is not far off, but already now we can already find out which days we will spend at work and which not. 
    First of all, you need to clarify that the following are considered non-working holidays: 
    January 1-6 and 8 - New Year's holidays; 
    January 7 - Orthodox Christmas; 
    February 23 - Defender of the Fatherland Day; 
    March 8 - International Women's Day; 
    May 1 - Spring and Labor Day; 
    May 9 - Victory Day; 
    June 12 - Day of Russia; 
    November 4 - National Unity Day. 

    Thus, in the first quarter, the period from January 1 to January 10 (New Year and New Year's holiday) is traditionally announced, also in honor of the Defender of the Fatherland Day, we do not work from February 21 to February 23, while Saturday February 20 is considered a working day - the day off is postponed to Monday , February 22. In March, it is somewhat more modest - only Monday, March 8, International Women's Day, was declared non-working. 
    As for the II quarter, Mondays on May 3 and 10 (in honor of Labor Day and Victory Day) and June 14 (Russia Day) are declared days off. 

    III quarter - fully working, no additional holidays are provided.  

    Two days off were postponed to the IV quarter from I - to November 5 (after November 4 - National Unity Day) and to December 31 from January 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday). Therefore, in November 2021 we have a rest on the 4,5,6 and 7th, and the New Year's holidays in 2022 begin a day earlier!  

    In total, in 2021, Russians will work 249 days, that is, 5 days less than the French, who will work 254 days. 
    France does not have a weekend in January, but there are other public holidays. 
    Their full list: 
    January 1 - New Year;
    May 1 - Labor Day;
    May 8 - Victory Day;
    July 14 - Bastille Day;
    August 15 - Assumption of the Virgin; 
    November 1 - All Saints Day; 
    November 11 - End of World War I;
    December 25 - Christmas.
    Some holidays do not have fixed dates, but they are still days off: 
    Monday after Easter 
    40 days after Easter - Ascension Seventh 
    Monday after Easter - Holy Trinity Day.

    We wish you all productive work!
  • 02.10.2020

    Open Group Conference "Companies and Self-employed"

    On September 24, the Open Group company organized a conference, during which representatives of government and business authorities discussed the issue of the status of self-employed. Among those present was TPA/Axis Director Elisabeth Gorodkov-Goutierre. The self-employed status was introduced in Russia at the beginning of 2019 as an experiment in some regions of Russia, including Moscow, but the results were so positive that by the end of 2020 registration as self-employed will become available in all regions. This system was developed with the participation of large companies that were also present at the conference - among them Yandex and Youdo, as well as a member of the big four Deloitte, the Federal Tax Service, the Ministry of Labor, which were interested in this issue. Not so long ago Vedomosti published an article about Yandex work with self-employed people - why they were interested in such an innovation, and about the government's first attempt to introduce this system. The article can be found at the link https://www.vedomosti.ru/partner/articles/2020/09/07/838925-yandeks-rabotaet   
    At the moment, according to statistics, more than a million self-employed have already been registered, and the daily increase is about 3500 people, while 82% of self-employed did not declare any income from entrepreneurial activity before registration, and 42% did not declare income at all. The total income of the self-employed since the beginning of the experiment reached 150 billion rubles. The Federal Tax Service evaluates this trend very positively, but Rostrud has a more restrained and conservative position. Undoubtedly, with this format of employment, there are risks that cause concern, for example, possible violations of the employment contract and tax evasion. It should be remembered that a self-employed is not a full-time employee, they are not obliged to be in the office, follow the work schedule and obey the staff schedule, which can lead to some problems. Also, no "supervisory bodies" have yet been created for the quality of self-employed services, and it is more likely that the company will have to be responsible for the inadequate service, which thus calls into question its reputation. Now the FTS does not take punitive measures when violations are detected, but gives explanations and recommendations, since the program is new, while registration in it is as simple as possible, you just need to install the application and register, which can facilitate the registration of many categories of workers - freelancers, programmers, teachers, housekeepers and others. 
    Also at the conference, new initiatives were discussed, which, undoubtedly, will facilitate the work of foreign companies - now it is possible to provide services to citizens of the Russian Federation from abroad, paying a tax of 6% (the rate is the same for individuals and legal entities). At the moment, the program is open to citizens of Russia and Eurasian countries living in Russia. More details can be found there - https://npd.nalog.ru/faq/.


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    (photo is taken from Facebook profile of Open Group)
  • 19.08.2020

    Post-COVID19 labor market in Russia

    The coronavirus and its consequences have an incredible impact on the labor market in Russia. According to the newspaper «Krasnaya Vesna», the number of unemployed has increased by more than 1 million in just two months of quarantine. In Moscow 32% of residents temporarily stopped working, and 12% of the city population remained completely unemployed (Vedomosti newspaper, article dated April 14, 2020). 

    With the introduction of the self-isolation regime, all employment centers also stopped working – at least in their usual regime. Now, to join the labor exchange, it is enough to submit an online application – through the Gosuslugi website or through the personal account of the employment center "Moya Rabota". The center notes that if before the pandemic they had about 500 people turned to them a day, then in April this number increased to 8,000 applications daily. On the website, Muscovites have access not only to a database of vacancies, but also to retraining courses, which can be taken free of charge. 

    "Moya Rabota" is a project of the Moscow authorities aimed at supporting unemployed citizens. It is directly connected with the specialized employment center “Moya Kar’era”, which provides the population with various employment services. You can get acquainted with them at http://mycareer.moscow/#/services/applicant Among the partners of the project there are many well-known companies and large retail chains, banks and government agencies. 

    If there are no suitable vacancies for the applicant, they will be registered as unemployed and start receiving benefits. The amount of unemployment benefits is currently 12,190 rubles, in Moscow there is also a regional supplement of 7,370 rubles. For the simplification of receiving unemployment benefits the government has introduced a new scheme – now the term has been reduced to two days. 

    Many foreign companies also suffered the consequences of the pandemic, as they had to take various measures: temporarily suspend staff recruitment, optimize personnel, etc. Among caring employers outplacement services have become especially in demand – after all, many companies have no choice but cut their staff. We take part in caring of the future of former employees – we conduct tests and provide consultations to candidates, help them with the preparation and design of CV and select possible vacancies in accordance with their interests, orienting them to the sometimes wayward labor market.
  • 20.07.2020

    Personnel issues: Payment of benefits

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    Attention employers! 
    From July 01, 2020, child benefits can only be received on the World card. From July 01, 2020, according to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation № 419 of 04/11/2019, the list of state payments that can only be received on the MIR card is supplemented with child benefits such as

    • - allowance for early registration for pregnancy; 
    • - maternity allowance; 
    • - one-time childbirth allowance;
    • - benefits for childcare during maternity leave;
    • - child benefits (federal and regional level, including for low-income families). 
    This requirement applies to those who receive benefits on a payment card. 

    Don't forget to inform your employees!

  • 04.03.2020

    The 8th VIE ceremony

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    On February 19 2020 the Ambassador of France to Russia, Mr. Pierre Levy, presented the "Grand Prix VIE" ("Program for the International Volunteering of Young French Specialists") in the Residence.
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