Articles by Arthur Abouzov

Protecting Commercial Secrets in Outsourcing

  • 14 February 12
  • Baker & McKenzie

It is no surprise that outsourcing became an essential part of business a long time ago. The advantages offered by outsourcing are indisputable. The Russian market is no exception; outsourcing is becoming more and more popular in resolving various business tasks.

Will Labor Hire Be Outlawed?

  • 13 July 11
  • Goltsblat BLP
In May last year the State Duma passed the first reading of a new employment relations bill focused on preventing employers from bypassing full employment contracts via short-term civil law contracts and other employment mechanisms. The bill's authors intended to limit the use of labor hire, which is currently very popular in some sectors of Russia's economy.

Out-of-Court Settlement of Employment Disputes: Common Options

  • 26 April 11
  • Goltsblat BLP
In today's Russia, employment relations in small and medium-sized businesses largely depend on informal arrangements, the role of legislation still being inadequate. Even so, major businesses mindful of their reputation have to take full account of the Labor Code. Labor disputes might, of course, evolve in any company, irrespective of size, triggered by demands for higher salaries, as well as other differences.

Indexation Is Not a Salary Boost

  • 16 February 10
  • Goltsblat BLP
According to official information from the State Statistics Service, food prices in Russia have jumped by 4.9 percent since the beginning of 2009, whereas many countries of the European Union have had the opposite happen — a drop of approximately 1 percent.

Crisis in the Work Place: Part-Time Employment

  • 19 August 09
  • Goltsblat BLP
According to the statistics of the Federal Service for Labor and Employment of Russia, of the 384,243 employees that have been officially dismissed since the beginning of October 2008, 119,283 have found new jobs, and 1.249 million employees have been transferred to part-time employment. Given the dramatic fall in the number of full-time jobs since the economy started to contract under the influence of the global financial crisis, some types of employment option have risen, one of them being part-time employment.