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Russian companies move to four-day because of coronavirus

Russian companies move to four-day because of coronavirus

Russian companies began to transfer employees to a four-day work week. We took measures to reduce salary costs in the crisis because of the coronavirus.

More recently, economists considered the introduction of a four-day work week in Russia an unrealistic and populist measure. Now the idea is becoming one of the ways to survive the crisis.

As they say "Vedomosti", about a quarter of the staff from the full company staff of 23 thousand employees was transferred to a four-day trip at SIBUR oil holding. On April 1, Russian Railways approved the proposal of the General Director Oleg Belozerov to introduce a part-time week or a shift so as not to reduce staff. In the subway of Yekaterinburg, a four-day work week was introduced for drivers and specialists working in night shifts.

Analysts at the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Range Forecasting believe that transferring to more profitable divisions of the company, retiring from the staff, reducing work schedules, cutting social packages and bonuses, as well as lowering salaries is a temporary measure. In their opinion, in the end, everything will end with layoffs.

Last year, Dmitry Medvedev set the task for the Ministry of Labor to conduct a study the impact of the four-day work week on the economy and social sphere. Then he believed that technological progress and the development of labor legislation would lead to this.

Lawyers remind that now to transfer an employee to a four-day week, his written consent is required in the form of an additional agreement. It is possible to amend the contract without the consent of the employee, however, for this it must be notified two months in advance and indicate forthcoming changes in the organization of working conditions.

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