This GMS Flash Alert reports that new Russian rules new rules aim to restrict and perhaps preclude certain Russian employers from hiring or engaging the services of employees who are Turkish nationals.
As of 1 January 2016, employers that are not on a list that is to be approved by the Russian government are:
These new rules will restrict and perhaps preclude certain Russian employers from hiring or engaging the services of employees who are Turkish nationals.
Russian employers who are Russian companies (as defined by the law) and representative offices and branches of foreign companies in Russia with Turkish national employees or intending to hire Turkish national employees will need to consider whether they are in compliance with the new rules.
According to representatives from the Association of European Businesses in Russia, the Russian Ministry of Labour is currently drafting the list of companies which will be allowed to employ Turkish nationals in 2016.
Currently, when Turkish nationals cross the border with Russia, their documents are subject to very close inspection. There have been cases when they have been prohibited from entering Russia (even when holding valid Russian work permits).
Also, there have been cases in which they have been deported from Russia (even when holding valid Russian work permits).
ACTION STEPS FOR EMPLOYERS
We recommend that employers take the following actions in respect of their Turkish employees (who are individual service providers):
• Advise them to refrain from travelling into/out of Russia.
• If there is still a need to cross the Russian border, advise them to have the full package of employment (immigration) authorization documents in hand, particularly:
• If there is still a need to cross the Russian border, then it is advisable that a company representative accompanies the employee at the Russian border.
1 Presidential Order of 28 November 2015 No 583 “On measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation against criminal and other unlawful actions and on implementing special economic measures against the Republic of Turkey.”
2 Resolution of the Russian Government of 30 November 2015 No 1296 “On measures to implement the Presidential Order N 583 dated 28 November 2015 “On measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation against criminal and other unlawful actions and on implementing special economic measures against the Republic of Turkey.”
For further information or assistance, please contact your local KPMG Global Mobility Services (GMS) or People Services professional, or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Russia:
Alevtina Borisova, Partner
tel. +7 (495) 937 44 77 (ext. 12987)
Donat Podnyek, Director
tel. +7 (495) 937 44 77 (ext. 14214)
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Russia.
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