Will self-employed Russians be excluded from scope of labour laws?

Will self-employed Russians be excluded from scope of labour laws?

Russia's Ministry of Labor proposed to exclude activities of self-employed citizens from the scope of application of labor legislation. The document was published on the federal portal of draft normative legal acts.

It was specified that in the case of implementation, this measure will affect only those self-employed, who were not registered as individual entrepreneurs.

"Self-employed" are those citizens who carry out such activities as tutoring, cleaning and childcare. Currently, they fall under the scope of labor law, but, according to the document, such activities are often conducted without official employment papers.

Thus, the employer cannot actually bear the obligations stipulated by the labor legislation: conclude an employment contract, pay insurance fees and other mandatory payments, issue a certificate of pension insurance, RIA Novosti explains.

According to the Ministry of Labor, this indicates a lack of legal regulation and the need to amend the legislation.

In 2017, the Russian authorities attempted to legalize self-employed persons by offering them a tax amnesty, which was then extended until the end of this year. However, it wasn't successful: less than a thousand people were registered.