Temporary Agency Work and Telework in Russia: Current Issues and Future Developments

Elena Radevich


This commentary provides a legal analysis of temporary agency work and telework, two forms of non-standard employment which – although widely practiced –  are not fully regulated in Russia. In this sense, two draft laws concerning these employment arrangements are investigated, both of which were presented to the Russian Parliament and passed on first reading. It is concluded that the draft proposal on temporary agency work – which narrows down its scope of application – is in need of improvement. This is because, from an historical and comparative point of view, a provision which includes a legal ban is not effective, all the more so taking account of the objective need of this employment scheme. Telework cannot be regarded as adequately regulated either, for a number of important questions are given scant consideration, namely health and safety, training and right to privacy of teleworkers.

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