Starting from 1 July 2020 an experiment will be conducted in Moscow aimed at setting a legal framework for the development and implementation of AI technologies

Federal law No 123-FZsets a legal framework in Moscow for the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The experimental legal framework is established for five years starting from 1 July 2020.

The law sets out goals, objectives, and main principles of establishing the experimental legal framework and regulates relations arising therein. The main objective of the experiment – examine how the AI technologies work, which sectors of the economy and social relations require its` implementation. After the experiment, decision on further amendments to the legislation will be made.

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By the end of 2020, the Pension Fund must be notified of the employee’s employment and dismissal within one business day

On April 9, 2020, the Government approved the “Temporary rules for registering citizens to find suitable work and registering as unemployed, as well as for making social payments to citizens who are recognized as unemployed under the established procedure” (“Rules”). In addition to the procedure for registering citizens as unemployed, the Rules, among other things, establish the employers’ obligation to submit information to the  Russian Pension Fund in cases of hiring and firing a citizen no later than 1 business day following the day of issuing the relevant order (decision), as well as other decisions or documents confirming the execution of employment relations (clause 6 of the Rules).

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Legal 500 EMEA 2020 Recognition


Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s insurance practice is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.

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It is not required to notify of changes in the terms of the contract with a highly qualified specialist, including the assignment of other work or changes in the address of its performance

On February 04, 2020, the Russian Constitutional Court recognized1 clause 2 of article 67 of the Russian Labour Code (employer’s obligation to issue an employment contract within 3 business days from the date of the employee’s actual work authorization or the date of the court’s recognition of civil relations as labor ones) and paragraph 1 of clause 8 of article 13 of the Federal law No. 115-FZ “On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation” (obligation of an employer or customer to notify regarding the conclusion or termination (cancellation) of the labor or civil contract with a foreign citizen within 3 business days from the date of concluding or termination (cancellation) of the relevant contract) as constitutionally acceptable.

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The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 Recommends Lidings Among Top Legal Advisor in Russia

April 15th 2020 the new edition of The Legal 500 EMEA, international ranking for the best law firms and individual lawyers from over 150 jurisdictions, is launched. As a results of the research Lidings is recognized as one of the strongest legal advisors in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution in Russia.

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Chambers Europe 2020 Recognition

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s insurance team is ranked as one of the best is Europe by Chambers & Partners following market plaudits for its  defence practice. The independent accreditation notes that the team have expertise in professional indemnity and negligence cases, frequently pertaining to the construction, accounting and legal sectors. The report also notes that the team are experienced in personal injury claims, often relating to road traffic accidents.

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Chambers Global 2020 Recognition

We are proud to be recognised as world leaders in Dispute Resolution and Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global 2020. Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.

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Practical Summary Frequent Covid-19 issues faced by employers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania

Most important restrictions currently applied by state (as of March 16, 2020):

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Labor and employment law in times of COVID-19 – an overview

COVID-19 takes control over the world. In Germany, too, the impact on daily life is huge. In order to slow down the spread of the virus, the government restricts public life as much as possible. This has significant effects on working life: domestic quarantine, children without care in kindergarten and school, staff sent home, business trips cancelled. From the perspective of labor and employment law, those effects can be managed with the existing instruments. However, it is to be expected that the legislator will rapidly create further solutions.

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Export licenses of medicines will appear in Russian patent law

On March 3, 2020, the Russian Government introduced to the State Duma the Draft Law on amendments to the Russian Civil Code, namely, article 1360.1.
According to the explanatory note to the Draft Law, the purpose of this new regulation is to assist foreign states to combat epidemics.
New regulation will allow the Government to use of a patented invention in generic medicines for subsequent export without the patentholder’s consent, subject to prior notification and compensation of the patentholder.
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