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Pay for work on holiday? Not according to a ruling from Russia

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If the employee decides to work on vacation in his sole discretion, the company is not required to pay, determined the St. Petersburg City Court.

Following his dismissal, an employee filed a legal action to recover payment for days he had worked during his vacation. The employee substantiated the claim by the fact that the employer did not notify him of the vacation, nor did it issue an order relating to the vacation. The company claimed that the employee went on vacation according to the vacation schedule with which he was acquainted, received vacation pay on time, and no one recalled him from vacation.

The court upheld the company’s legal position.

Source: Appeal ruling of the St. Petersburg City Court, dated March 18th, 2020 in case No.2-5036/2019

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Margarita Egiazarova
Senior Associate