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Key takeaways from the ongoing reform of labour law in Ukraine

August 2022 – Due to the challenges of martial law and the continued need to adapt labour rules to the modern needs of businesses and employees in Ukraine, Ukrainian labour law is undergoing comprehensive reform.

The first part of the reform was implemented in March 2022 with the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On the Organisation of Employment Relations During Martial Law”, key peculiarities of which we analysed earlier. Ukraine’s parliament recently proceeded with the reform of labour legislation by adopting the Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Optimisation of Employment Relations”. This law, which became effective on 19 July 2022, includes (1) amendments to the Labour Code of Ukraine and other general labour laws, as well as (2) some changes to the regulation of employment relations effective during martial law only.

We have prepared a brief overview of the recent amendments to Ukrainian labour laws and also highlight some main changes that are expected to be introduced in the near future.

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