What is the change? Russian employers have until July 31 to report the salaries of highly qualified specialists during the second quarter (April 1 to June 30).

What does the change mean? Employers who fail to report salaries face the possibility of steep fines.

  • Implementation time frame: Now until July 31.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work visas.
  • Who is affected: Companies employing highly qualified specialists.
  • Business impact: Companies that violate reporting requirements face fines ranging from 400,000 (about $7,000) to 1 million rubles ($17,750). Company officials may also be fined between 35,000 (about $620) and 70,000 rubles ($1,250).
  • Next steps: Salary reports may be submitted in-person or mailed to the Federal Migration Service.

Background: The quarterly salary reporting is not new, but under a law passed earlier this year employers must now meet salary minimums on a monthly, rather than yearly, basis. A new form has also been introduced that must be used when reporting salaries.

BAL Analysis: In preparing salary notifications, employers should make sure they are observing the new monthly minimum salary requirements.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the Russian Federation. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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