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Employment law

The Russian labour market is highly regulated by global standards, immigration procedures are complex, and labour disputes are not uncommon for large and small employers alike. Procedural precision from the moment a company is incorporated is absolutely critical.

We provide practical advice to comply with Russian labour law, including around pensions, leave allowances, working hours, immigration, and health and safety. Eversheds Sutherland provides strategic and discreet advice on disciplinary proceedings, redundancy processes, and the dismissal of non-performing company directors. Where employees’ or officers’ misconduct includes potentially dishonest or unlawful behaviour, we additionally advise on civil and criminal law responses to recover losses and protect our clients’ legal rights and interests.

We offer advice in the following areas:

  • benefits and compensation, recruitment, hiring, discipline and termination
  • model employment contracts and service agreements for separate international jurisdictions
  • all types of employment litigation
  • workplace policies and procedures
  • day-to-day HR advice
  • employment litigation, class actions and cross-border disputes
  • acquisitions, business transfer, M&A, outsourcing (both domestic and international)
  • cross-border corporate reorganization
  • employment aspects of operational reorganizations, such as redundancy
  • employment aspects of business-critical incidents, such as competition authority investigations and treatment of implicated employees
  • multi-jurisdictional compliance, global mobility and immigration issues
  • personnel records and employee data privacy

Representative experience in this area includes:

  • advising a multinational company on dismissal of an ineffective company director
  • defending a European clothing company against unfair termination claims
  • conducting a labour law audit for an Australian listed company
  • advising a Germany automotive parts supplier on redundancy issues


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