On January 1, 2014 , the Federal Law “On special assessment of working conditions”, went into effect, according to which the certification of workplaces on working conditions has been replaced by their special assessment – a more complicated and complex procedure.
The purpose of the special assessment is to determine whether the conditions of the workplace meet the requirements of the law, as well as to identify workplaces with harmful and dangerous conditions for which employees who work there should receive additional guarantees and compensations.
Special assessments must be carried out by all companies (including branches and representative offices of foreign companies in Russia) in respect of all of their jobs except for remote workers and home-based workers. For such an assessment the company must bring in a specialized organization.
Please take note that a company which, on or before January 1, 2014, carried out certification of workplaces is exempt from special assessments until the date of expiration of the certification, but for no longer than 31 December 2018. The remaining companies are required to conduct a special assessment of working conditions within the following periods:
- immediately – if the company has jobs with harmful and dangerous working conditions;
- by December 31, 2018 – for jobs at other companies.
The failure to conduct a special assessment of working conditions can result in administrative liability in the form of a fine of 30,000 to 50,000 rubles (Article 5.27 of the Code of Administrative Offences of Russia). In this regard, we recommend not waiting for inspections and supervisory authorities to prosecute, but to initiate a special assessment soon.
BRICS Consulting will be happy to assist you in conducting special assessment of working conditions, as well as to answer any of your questions.