Russia: Is the employer allowed to impose financial penalties on employees?

The existing labour law clearly defines what kind of penalties employers are allowed to apply to their employees. The employer may only impose financial or disciplinary sanctions in cases set out by the Labour Code of the Russian Federation (Article 137). In such cases it is lawful for an employer to deduct certain amounts from an employee’s salary.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility will not apply to product components

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has drafted amendments to the Law on Industrial and Consumer Wates No. 89-FZ. The amendments would clarify that manufacturers and importers of product components (rather than finished products) or any materials that are to be used for manufacturing other goods will not have to comply with any recycling targets within the extended producer responsibility (EPR) concept.

Russia: Authorities may be allowed to make test purchases

Draft law that would amend the Law on Consumer Protection and the Law on Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population has been proposed by the Government of the Russian Federation. According to the proposed amendments the market surveillance authority (RosPotrebNadzor) will be allowed to make test purchases as a part of market surveillance activities with the purpose of checking compliance with the applicable sanitary and epidemiological requirements.

Russia: WEEE management. Legal framework.

Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE management) is gaining more and more importance all over the world. Although Russia tends to lag behind the EU in implementing environmental and waste management regulations, it has recently introduced the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) that imposed WEEE management obligations on manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Russia: Organisations that own waste disposal facilities will not have to contract external waste disposal operators

Draft amendment to Federal Law on Industrial and Consumer Wastes and to some other regulatory instruments aims to exempt organisations that dispose of (neutralize, landfill or recycle) wastes at their own waste disposal facilities from having to contract an external waste disposal operator. In order to be able to qualify for this exemption, the organization would have to submit documentary evidence that it has the possibility to neutralize, landfill and/or recycle solid municipal wastes at its own facilities.