28 January 2019

Stay informed: Key changes in labour legislation in 2019

Minimum wage is raised to 11,280 roubles

Starting from January 1, 2019, minimum monthly wage equals 100% of the minimum subsistence level for working-age population. Now, it’s 11,280 roubles.

Phased raising of pension age is launched

Starting from 2019, the retirement age in Russia will be gradually raised. The transition period will last up to 2034. During this period, the pension age will be raised by one year biennially. So, men born in 1959 and women born in 1964 who planned to retire in 2019 won't be able to do this until next year.

After the period of transition, pension age will be 65 instead of the current 60 for men, and 60 instead of 55 for women.

More rest days: some bank holidays will be moved, so we'll have 28 rest days

In 2019, the following public holidays will be moved:

·       from Saturday, January 5 to Thursday, May 2;

·       from Sunday, January 6 to Friday, May 3;

·       from Saturday, February 23 to Friday, May 10.

Parents with multiple children may take leaves at any convenient time

There is now a new regulation for families with three or more children aged under 12. Such employees are entitled to take leaves at any time they think convenient, regardless of the leave schedule in their company.

Employees will have an additional rest day for medical checkup

In 2019, employees will have the right to take an additional paid day off. This day off can be taken once in three years and for the purpose of having a planned medical checkup only. Working pensioners and employees of pre-retirement age have the right to take two days off annually for this purpose, with their average salary retained.

Employers now have additional liabilities when hiring foreign nationals

Starting from January 16, 2019, employers who hire foreign staff must see to it that:

·       the foreign employee's occupation matches the purpose of their entry into the country. The non-resident employee must do the kind of work specified in their work permit;

·       the foreign employee leaves the country in due time.

Employers will be able to deduct more debt from employees' salaries

Starting from January 2019, the maximum amount that can be deducted from an employee's pay following a writ of execution is increased. Now, the limit is 100,000 roubles instead of 25,000 roubles.


Sources: klerk.ru, glavbukh.ru, 2019-god.com, kontur.ru.