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FEDERAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of November 27, 2002 No. 156-FZ

About associations of employers

(as amended on 28-11-2015)

Accepted by the State Duma on October 30, 2002

Approved by the Federation Council on November 13, 2002

Article 1. Coverage of this Federal Law

1. This Federal Law determines legal status of associations of employers, procedure for their creation, activities, reorganization and liquidation.

2. Operation of this Federal Law extends to all associations of employers performing activities in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Article 2. Right of employers to consolidation

1. Employers for the purpose of representation and protection of the rights and the interests protected by the law without preliminary permission of public authorities, local government bodies, other bodies have the right to create on voluntary basis of merging of employers, and also to enter associations of employers according to the procedure, established by charters of associations of employers.

2. The state assists realization of the right of employers to consolidation, participation of associations of employers according to the procedure, established by the Federal Laws and other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation, in forming and realization of state policy in the sphere of the social and labor relations and related economic relations, gives according to the Federal Laws support to associations of employers as to socially oriented non-profit organizations, including provision to the employers who are members of merging of employers according to the legislation on taxes and fees of tax benefits regarding their fees in associations of employers, creates other conditions stimulating the entry of employers in associations of employers.

Article 3. Concept of merging of employers and legal status of associations of employers

1. Merging of employers - type of the association (union) based on voluntary membership of employers (legal and (or) physical persons) and (or) associations of employers. Merging of employers is socially oriented non-profit organization. Entry into it of other non-profit organizations uniting subjects of business activity can be provided by the charter of merging of employers.

1.1. Merging of employers independently determine the program of the activities, including provide the programs and charters according to this Federal Law and other Federal Laws implementation of activities in spheres of the social and labor relations and related economic relations, professional education, health protection of workers on production, assistance of employment of the population, social insurance and other directed to the solution of social problems and development of civil society of activities.

2. The legal status of associations of employers is determined by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, international treaties of the Russian Federation, this Federal Law and other Federal Laws.

Article 4. Types of associations of employers

1. Merging of employers can be created on territorial (regional, interregional), industry, territorial industry to signs.

2. The all-Russian merging of employers - consolidation which includes at least than three all-Russian branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, and also regional associations of employers in total performing the activities in the territories more than a half of subjects of the Russian Federation. By the charter of the all-Russian merging of employers membership in it also of employers can be provided.

3. The all-Russian branch (cross-industry) association of employers - consolidation which includes employers of industry (industries) or type (types) of economic activity who in total perform the activities in the territories more than a half of subjects of the Russian Federation and (or) with which at least a half of total number of workers of the same industry (industries) or the same type (types) of economic activity consists in employment relationships. Membership in it of also corresponding interregional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, regional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, territorial branch (cross-industry) associations of employers can be provided by the charter of the all-Russian branch (cross-industry) association of employers.

4. Interregional merging of employers - consolidation which includes the regional associations of employers in total performing the activities in the territories less than a half of subjects of the Russian Federation. Membership in it of also corresponding interregional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers and (or) territorial associations of the employers performing the activities in the territories of these subjects of the Russian Federation can be provided by the charter of interregional merging of employers.

5. Interregional branch (cross-industry) association of employers - consolidation which includes the corresponding regional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers in total performing the activities in the territories less than a half of subjects of the Russian Federation. Membership in it of also corresponding territorial branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, employers of the same industry (industries) or the same type (types) of economic activity performing the activities in the territories of these subjects of the Russian Federation can be provided by the charter of interregional branch (cross-industry) association of employers.

6. Regional merging of employers - consolidation which includes territorial associations of employers, regional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, territorial branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, other non-profit organizations uniting subjects of business activity who in total perform the activities in the territories at least one fourth part of municipalities of appropriate subject of the Russian Federation (except for the federal cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol), or at least twenty five employers performing the activities in the territory of appropriate subject of the Russian Federation.

7. Regional merging of employers of the federal city of Moscow - consolidation which includes territorial associations of employers, regional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, other non-profit organizations uniting subjects of business activity who in total perform the activities in the territories at least a half of administrative districts of the federal city of Moscow. By the charter of regional merging of employers of the federal city of Moscow membership in it also of the employers performing the activities in the territory of the federal city of Moscow can be provided.

8. Regional merging of employers of the federal city of St. Petersburg - consolidation which includes territorial associations of employers, regional branch (cross-industry) associations of employers, other non-profit organizations uniting subjects of business activity who in total perform the activities in the territories at least a half of administrative areas of the federal city of St. Petersburg. By the charter of regional merging of employers of the federal city of St. Petersburg membership in it also of the employers performing the activities in the territory of the federal city of St. Petersburg can be provided.

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