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U.S.-Russia-East Asia Comparisons of Dispatch (Temporary) Worker Regulations

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Russia had few temporary workers in the 1990s, but after the fall of the Soviet Union and the entrance of foreign MNCs, the percent of workers on temporary contracts grew in 2014. In 2016, a new law was implemented that bans hiring temporary workers except through government-accredited agencies, but only for the purpose of substituting for employees who are temporarily absent from the workplace; to assist in the temporary expansion of production or services (for up to a maximum of nine months); and to provide temporary employment to certain approved categories of workers (i.e., fulltime students, single parents, parents of multiple children, and former convicts).
This paper will compare and contrast the current labor protections of temporary dispatch workers in the U.S. and Russia, with consideration also of the recent legislative labor protections provided in the East Asian countries of China, South Korea, and Japan.
Following the Introduction, the paper, in Part I discusses the phenomena of “fissurization,” in employment relations and its resulting legal implications for the regulation of “dispatch (agency)” workers in the above countries. Part II compares and contrasts the regulatory approaches of the U.S. with Russia and the East Asian countries of China, Japan, and South Korea; and the Conclusion follows. Perhaps the menu of regulatory legislation provided in this paper will be useful for those looking for the tools to construct dispatch regulation in the U.S.

About the Authors

Ronald Brown
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
United States

Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law

2515 Dole Street, Room 241, Honolulu, HI 96822-2350, USA

Olga Rymkevich
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Senior Researcher, Marco Biagi Foundation

10 Largo Marco Biagi, Modena, 41121, Italy


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For citation:

Brown R., Rymkevich O. U.S.-Russia-East Asia Comparisons of Dispatch (Temporary) Worker Regulations. Russian Law Journal. 2017;5(1):6-32.

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