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State Duma bans publication of discriminatory information in job advertisements

June 23, 2013, 1:41 UTC+3

Employers who will ignore the aforesaid requirements will have to pay penalties whose size will vary from 500 to 1,000 rubles for individuals

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MOSCOW, June 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian State Duma has passed a bill banning employers from publishing discriminatory information related to age, gender and nationality in job advertisements.

According to Galina Karelova (the United Russia Party), who is the first deputy head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Labor, Social Policy and Veteran Affairs, every second job advertisement presently contains indications to a preferable age, gender, place of residence or other requirements to candidates that are not linked directly to their professional qualities or work experience

The deputies have forbidden employers who publish job advertisements to refer, directly or indirectly, to preferable age, race, complexion, nationality, language, origin, property, family, social and administrative position, place of residence, attitude to religion, convictions, affiliation or non-affiliation with public organizations or other social groups as well as to other circumstances that are not linked to professional qualities, except for cases stipulated by federal laws.

Employers who will ignore the aforesaid requirements will have to pay penalties whose size will vary from 500 to 1,000 rubles for individuals; from 3,000 to 5,000 for officials and from 10,000 to 15,000 for legal entities.

From now on, advertisements like “only young people are wanted” or “only people of a certain nationality are preferred” will be regarded as breaches of the Russian legislation, the committee member, Mikhail Tarasenko, said.

Besides, the law will give the right to state power bodies to create conditions for parents with many children, parents who bring up disabled children to combine their parental duties with work. The authorities will also be able to organize professional training and additional professional training for unoccupied people who have retired on old age and who would like to resume their working activities.

People who complete army service on conscription will also be given a priority right to undergo professional training or retraining and upgrade their professional skills in the course of three years upon dismissal from military service.


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