The Employment practice provides a full range of legal services in the field of labour law including assistance in resolving individual and collective labour disputes. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe 2019 and Legal 500 EMEA 2019 international legal ratings, as well as the Russian ratings Pravo 300, Kommersant, and Rating of Sympathies Pravo-300. The practice's clients include the major Russian and international trading and telecommunications companies, IT corporations, manufacturing and pharmaceutical holdings.

Consulting in the field of labour law:

  • Preparation of draft employment contracts and localization of personnel documentation used in an international group of companies
  • Development of local regulations governing wages including the development of bonus schemes and option programs
  • Preparation of legal opinions on material liability and compensation for damage
  • Consulting on the processing and protection of personal data of employees
  • Providing legal assistance related to the hiring of foreign employees
  • Legal support regarding COVID-19 and its impact on labour relations

Support of personnel procedures, inspections and investigations:

  • Support of negotiations in the interests of any party to labour relations
  • Support of the recruitment procedure
  • Support of the procedure for applying disciplinary sanctions
  • Support of the procedure for termination of employment contracts
  • Providing assistance in the interaction of the employer with trade unions including representation of the employer in collective bargaining
  • Conducting legal audits of HR documentation for compliance with labour legislation requirements
  • Conducting internal investigations to identify cases of corporate fraud and other abuses by employees
  • Support of inspections conducted by the State Labour Inspectorate and the Prosecutor's Office in relation to employers

Labour disputes:

  • Assistance in pre-trial settlement of disputes with employees and trade unions
  • Representing the employer in collective disputes
  • Representing the employees and employers before court

Julia Paushkina
Head of practice
Konstantin Astafiev
Evgeny Metla
Senior Associate
Consulting in the field of labour law
As the leading legal consultant to the largest international air carrier, KIAP's labour practice provided the full range of legal assistance for their Russian divisions. In particular, KIAP employees have done the following: developed the unified bonus policy applied by all representative offices in Russia; prepared conclusions on changes ...
22 March 2024 Julia Paushkina
An employer who had just entered the Russian market contacted KIAP with a request to formalize an employment relationship with one of the top managers who performs a significant part of their work duties on business trips or from home, and also to analyse issues related to the proper registration of their trips, reimbursement of expenses for them, assessment of KPIs and payment of bonuses for ...
22 March 2024 Julia Paushkina
Labour disputes
The employee was absent from the workplace for more than two months, and brought a sick leave certificate opened in one regional hospital to confirm the validity of his absence. The employer doubted the validity of the sick leave and contacted KIAP with a request to assess the prospects for dismissing the employee for absenteeism and to support a legal dispute arising from dismissal on discipl...
22 March 2024 Julia Paushkina
The employer contacted KIAP with a request to terminate the employment contract with the middle manager based on the results of the probationary period. Due to the fact that the company did not have clear criteria to make an unambiguous conclusion whether the employee had passed the probationary period or not, KIAP lawyers were faced with the task of providing various types ...