Employment law practice

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Human capital is the cornerstone of any business. And, in any place where at least one worker is employed, issues concerning employment law will arise. We advise clients across all industries, and represent their interests both in court and during negotiations. The size of a company or its industry are unimportant to us. We are familiar with all of the challenges related to labour regulation that companies, large and small, must face, whether they are involved in manufacturing or the service industry.

Our team is well versed in best practices and can offer solutions customised to meet the specific needs of your business.

PwC Legal's team of employment law specialists is one of the leading such practice groups in Russia, with extensive consulting experience in all aspects of employment relations.

What makes us different from others

  • Exceptional market expertise in the areas of employment and immigration law
  • Direct interaction and collaboration with personal and corporate taxation specialists, and HR consultants
  • A 95% win rate in complex litigation and settling employee disputes
  • Direct access to employment and migration law specialists in 80 jurisdictions
  • More than 50 comprehensive projects per year
  • Our legal specialists have been recommended by leading international and Russian rankings, including the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, PLC Which Lawyer, Who's Who Legal and Pravo.ru

Our services

  • Consulting on employment and pension-related issues as part of transaction support for M&A deals
  • Developing and implementing additional incentive programmes, options plans and stock ownership plans
  • Structuring labour relations with top managers and key employees to protect businesses through non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Restructuring employment relations and personnel redundancies
  • Due diligence on employment relations
  • Drafting all types of agreements directly covering employment relations and local regulations
  • Consulting on all aspects of compensation, bonuses and guarantees, and structuring bonuses that factor in the specifics of average earnings
  • Consulting on corporate pension programmes
  • Advising on termination of employment relations on various grounds, supporting terminations of employment relations, and in-court and out-of-court settlement of individual and collective employment disputes
  • Support during audits by regulatory authorities, in-court defence
  • Structuring personnel outsourcing and outstaffing
  • Working with trade unions, including leading collective bargaining negotiations and developing strategies to settle collective employment disputes
  • Consulting on compliance issues, developing policies and internal rules to ensure employee compliance with legal requirements
  • Advising on occupational safety issues and investigating industrial accidents
  • Consulting on material liability and compensation for damages, including those incurred by corporate officers
  • Protecting confidential information and personal data
  • Investigating employment disputes (whistle-blowing)

Our experience

  • Advising a Russian-market leader in new technology investments on structuring a phantom option plan for its employees. We advised the client on a variety of different issues, such as drawing up and executing corporate and staff documents to formalise participation in the incentive plan, general salary issues, and various solutions for exiting the incentive plan if a participating employee is dismissed, etc.
  • Full legal support on employment issues for a major downstream oil-and-gas company in connection with its relocation to another region. The project’s complexity was rooted in the application of a variety of available employment law tools and the extended period of the project, which involved resolving union and retention issues, among others. Legal support and implementation was carried out at all levels, from developing a strategy to drafting documents for the staff of all company divisions (about 450 employees).
  • A leading role in supporting a major sports event in Russia to apply employment law, and develop internal policies for staff and volunteers involved in preparing for and holding the event. This is the first project in Russia that involves the short-term engagement of thousands of people.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest integrated telecoms service operators on a project for interacting with trade unions and providing support on other employment issues. This project was unique due to gaps in employment legislation regarding trade unions and the need to develop appropriate recommendations under such circumstances.
  • Rendering ongoing legal advice to a global liquid transportation leader regarding its business activities in Russia, including issues related to the CEO’s employment with various entities within the client’s corporate group, and structuring executive compensation and benefits for the CEO, as well as business trips and employee use of company property (including vehicles), and support on other issues.
  • Advising a global leader in the production and sale of FMCG products on inbound secondments to Russia and certain outbound aspects of assigning the client's Russian employees to CIS countries under secondment agreements. Our legal support covered various aspects of the secondment relationship structure, the applicable law, and practical advice on how the client company could minimise risks when entering into secondment relationships, factoring in its specific business needs.
  • Developing a stock option plan for top management of a major Russian stock exchange. The project involved developing a plan structure and implementing the stock option plan, taking into account the lack of a specific legislative framework governing option plans in Russia. -
  • We have successfully represented our clients’ interests in court cases concerning wrongful dismissal and reinstatement of employees at a major power supply company, a leading Russian airport, a major chocolate and pets food manufacturer, Europe's largest laminate producer, a leading construction company in Finland, and others.
 
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