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Vacation and holiday – can they be combined?

The Labor Code of the Russian Federation does not prohibit the establishment of the beginning of a vacation from a holiday or a non-working holiday. At the same time, it is impossible to provide holidays only on weekends.

The Ministry of Labor stressed: for such a violation, the employer may receive a warning or a fine. For officials, the fine is from 1 thousand to 5 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles.

We note that the parties are entitled to divide the vacation into parts, but at least one of them must be 14 calendar days. Although there is no direct ban in the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, we believe that it is not worthwhile to  abuse the opportunity to give employees leave over the weekend. Inspecting authorities can see in this a violation and the desire of the employer to replace one type of rest with another.