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Can an employer conclude a preliminary employment contract

Rostrud experts clarified whether the organization can conclude a preliminary labor contract that would oblige the parties to conclude a basic labor contract in the future.

The Office notes that the norms of labor legislation do not provide for the conclusion of a preliminary labor contract. Labor relations should be formalized only by an employment contract.

Rostrud clarifies that in accordance with article 16 of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, labor relations arise between the employee and the employer on the basis of an employment contract concluded by them in accordance with the Labor Code of the Russian Federation.

Such clarifications are provided by Rostrud in the Review of current issues from employees and employers for October 2019.