OPEN Group offered the Government of the Russian Federation to support large employers
Last week, a meeting of the Committee on the Labor Market and Social Partnership of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs was held with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation E.V. Mukhtiyarova and the head of Rostrud M.Yu. Ivankov, where government measures to prevent a crisis in the labour market under sanctions were discussed.
The Ministry of Labor of Russia informed about upcoming proposals to amend labour legislation aimed at more flexible regulation of labour relations, including expanding the possibility of concluding fixed-term employment contracts, terminating employment contracts for economic reasons, and reducing the notice period for changes in working conditions.
In addition, from March 28, the acceptance of applications for subsidizing the hiring of younger employees began. Employers have the opportunity to receive three minimum wages for the employment of an applicant in the direction of the employment service with the most simplified mechanism - applying through "Work in Russia", searching for a candidate in the employment service and paying for employment through the Social Insurance Fund.
The Ministry of Labor of Russia is also implementing measures to ensure part-time employment, corresponding to the need to keep people in their workplaces and preserve work teams. Employment services may offer an employee in a standstill a temporary job with another employer.
The event was also attended by employers of larger businesses who expressed their proposals aimed at stabilizing the labour market. Among them were Gazpromneft, Evrokhim, Russian Railways, Open Group and others.
Nato Trotsenko, OPEN Group Government Relations Manager, presented the current situation in the trade marketing industry in connection with the suspension and reduction of activities of foreign suppliers of food and consumer goods. The reduction in the product range, the freezing of marketing activities of foreign brands, as well as the increase in the cost of borrowed funds for businesses have already led to a significant reduction in the turnover and profits of trade marketing agencies.
Given that such companies employ tens of thousands of people across the country, their activities are of great social significance. At the same time, the vast majority of state support measures apply either to SMEs or backbone enterprises.
Companies like the OPEN Group do not belong to one or the other. In this regard, at the meeting of the Committee, it was proposed to come up with an initiative to extend the measures of state support for enterprises (especially in terms of concessional lending) also to companies that have more than 1,000 employees, but are not the systematically important and are not formally related to the affected industries.
The employment of citizens is a fundamental task during any economic crisis. And to help businesses cope with the existing challenges, it is also extremely important to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden placed on them. The corresponding proposals of OPEN Group, as well as other companies, were also announced at the meeting.