The Presidential Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights, Boris Titov, said at the Forum of Small and Medium Businesses of the SCO and BRICS countries that Russia is not ready to switch to a four-day working week with current legislation and economic processes.
Recall that in September of this year, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed introducing new standards into the labor legislation on flexible working hours, including a four-day work week. Later, Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin said that following the results of a wide discussion, deputies can develop a strategy for moving to a shorter working week and prepare relevant bills. At the same time, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Petr Zaselsky said that to discuss the possibility of introducing a pilot four-day work week at individual enterprises had been scheduled a meeting.
In this connection, the business ombudsman of the Russian Federation noted: “The country is not ready for this <…> It should be an economy with new labor productivity, this requires new investment technologies, tax policy, and access to loans.” According to Boris Titov, currently quite liberal labor legislation is already in force in Russia. It already guarantees the absence of processing and generally comfortable conditions for workers.
At the same time, the business ombudsman specified that with the development of new high technologies, the reduction of the working week will become a necessity. “I think we are at the stage of the technological revolution, when the influx of new technologies will lead to changes in the labor market,” TASS quoted Boris Titov as saying.