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Remote work in Russia formalized by law

Remote work in Russia formalized by law
The State Duma adopted the law on remote work in the third reading. It clarifies the concept and nature of such a labor regime, as well as the situation when it can be introduced.

According to the press service of the parliament, the law will come into force on January 1, 2021. Amendments to the Labor Code determine that the performance of the "labor function" by an employee remotely is possible on a permanent basis (during the entire term of the employment contract) or temporarily, that is, continuously for up to six months.

In addition, remote work and work at a stationary workplace may alternate. These points should be reflected in the employment contract or in the agreement to it.

Amendments to the law fix additional guarantees for the remuneration of an employee "remotely" - so the transition to remote work cannot be a reason to reduce wages. When temporarily switching to such a regime, the employer must provide the employee with the necessary equipment. If the employee uses his equipment, compensation for its use must be spelled out in the employment agreement.

In addition, the amendments limit the list of grounds for dismissing teleworkers. For example, it will not be possible to fire such an employee for absenteeism - that is, absence from the workplace without a good reason. But the contract with a remote worker can be terminated if the employee does not get in touch for more than two working days without a good reason.

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