The Nextons Employment and Labor Law practice lawyers have over 20 years of experience in advising Russian and international companies on the full range of labor and migration law issues in Russia. We offer effective solutions in this highly regulated and complex area of law — whether you are looking for assistance drafting employment contracts and advice on migration law issues or resolving trade union matters, or for employer representation in labor disputes.

Key Service Areas

  • Drafting employment contracts and verifying their compliance with Russian law / special requirements and objectives of the employer

  • Review of civil-law agreements (service agreements) to determine whether they contain any signs of labor relations

  • Advising on HR documentation, including verification and, where necessary, preparation of drafts of any and all personnel documents (local normative acts are prepared on the basis of information provided by the client)

  • Advising on migration issues arising when employing foreign citizens in the Russian Federation

  • Advising on employment issues arising in the course of an employer’s restructuring (including internal restructuring)Advising on the termination of employment relations on various grounds (individual dismissals and mass layoffs, dismissal for cause, by staff reduction, by agreement of the parties, etc.)

  • Advising on complex legal issues, including: changes in working conditions, transfer to other work, issues relating to determining the amount of remuneration due to an employee

  • Advising on benefits, guarantees and compensations for employees with special working conditions

  • Interacting with trade unions, representing the employer in collective bargaining negotiations, assisting with concluding collective bargaining agreements, assisting in settling collective disputes

  • Advising on health and safety matters, including investigation of work place accidents

  • Auditing labor law compliance

  • Representing companies in litigation and out-of-court resolution of individual and collective disputes

  • Providing full legal support for companies during audits of labor law compliance by the State Labor Inspectorate and prosecution service

  • Advising on company and/or employee liability, and compensation for harm

  • Advising on personal data protection and protection of confidential information

  • Investigating company and/or employee activities in the event of whistle-blowing and compliance investigations, in accordance with the headquarters’ standards and in compliance with Russian law

  • Advising on agency labor, outsourcing and out-staffing

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What Our Clients Say

“An excellent team that is among the leaders in the market.” “The team's advice is practical, business-oriented and straight to the point.”Chambers Europe, 2021
“The deepest professionalism, based on many years of experience, common sense, exceptional focus on the interests of the client.”

“Marina Ryzhkova is the highest professional! She always demonstrates a sincere interest in the success of the client, and finds and offers pragmatic legal solutions that guarantee an optimal result.” The Legal 500, 2021
“We are normally very demanding with deadlines and quality of work. This is one of few companies which can deliver to this expectation.”Chambers Europe, 2019
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