Last month, Russia's Ministry of Public Health and Social Development issued a draft bill amending the labor code to bar employers from firing the fathers of large families who are the only breadwinners.

Background

There is already a labor law in force that bars employers from firing women with children below three years of age, or single mothers with children 14 years of age or younger, or any women with disabled children under 18. This new law attempts to eliminate unequal treatment between male and female employees.

This is reminiscent of laws in other countries (e.g., Germany) that require social considerations to be made prior to employee layoffs in a partial shutdown situation.

Implications for Employers

Most employers would prefer the freedom to terminate employees as needed, but as this draft bill suggests, some countries put social policy requirements in place. This could be relevant in an M&A transaction where the target has a Russian presence that the buyer may want to reduce.