The authorities intend to include the northern allowances in the law on "remote work"
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The authorities intend to include the northern allowances in the law on "remote work"

10 August , 13:17Society
The issue of extending the payment of the northern allowances, which is 100% of the salary, to remote employees, is being discussed by a working group that is preparing a bill on distance employment for the second reading in the State Duma.

This is reported by Izvestia, referring to a member of the group, vice-president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Fyodor Prokopov.

The final decision on amending the document has not yet been made.

Prokopov noted that the State Duma recommended the working group to discuss the possibility of including “guarantees related to special working conditions”. The group will have to decide on the potential recipients of the allowances.

- Now the issue has not been settled in any way either in the draft law or in the current legislation, and there is no decision on it yet. We have to figure out how to pay extra: at the location of the company or at the place where a remote employee works. For example, if a company is in Norilsk, and a remote employee is in Sochi, is he entitled to a northern surcharge? And if the opposite? - said Prokopov.

According to representatives of the Ministry of Labor, the issue will be decided by a discussion in the State Duma.

The lower house approved the bill on "remote control" on July 21. The document assumes the exclusion of the requirement to indicate the workplace as one of the conditions of the contract. In addition, it is supposed to provide for the right of the employee "to be offline" and not to answer letters and calls at a certain time.

Note that during the coronavirus pandemic, five million Russians switched to permanent remote work. At the same time, the authorities declared their readiness to compensate the Russians for the electricity costs of remote employees.

Let us remind you that the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR) proposed to introduce a remote text into the Labor Code. According to the deputy chairman of the FNPR Alexander Shershukov, this must be done in order to exclude a situation when one will have to live in the “format of revolutionary consciousness”.

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