The state Duma has approved criminal punishment for dismissal before retirement

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The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill providing for criminal liability for the dismissal of people close to retirement age, reports “Interfax”.

According to the document, the criminal code of Russia introduced a new article — “Unreasonable refusal in employment or unreasonable dismissal of the persons who have reached retirement age” (that is, five years before retirement). The penalty involves a fine of up to 200 thousand roubles, confiscation of income for eighteen months, or obligatory works for the term up to 360 hours.

Earlier, the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin said that as a result of the adoption of the law work will lose people under pensionable age. In his opinion, the risk will be men aged 50 and women aged 45 years.

Shokhin added that in the Criminal code there is article 145, which involves a fine or compulsory work for unjustified dismissal or refusal of employment of pregnant women and women with children under three years of age, but for all time, it was not a single trial.

To establish for employers, administrative and criminal liability for the dismissal and denial of employment of staff approaching retirement age proposed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in his address to Russians on pension reform. The head of state also instructed the government to offer real incentives for business to employers were interested in employees close to retirement age.

In July a bill to raise the retirement age for men to 65 years and women to 60 (originally intended — 63) passed first reading.

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