Eight-Hour Work Day to Be Introduced for Film Professionals in Russia

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Producers are set to incur extra costs as they'll have to compensate overtime work at higher rates.

MOSCOW -- An eight-hour work day will be introduced in Russia for film actors and crew, a move that is likely to make producers unhappy as they will incur extra costs.

The culture ministry is introducing eight-hour a day, 40 hours a work week limits for film actors and all other professionals working on film productions, with shifts including waiting time between takes and shots.

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All overtime work will have to be compensated at higher rates, bringing up production costs. The exact size of overtime payments hasn't been specified yet but is expected to be substantially higher than normal rates.

The move puts film professionals in the same position as workers in all other Russian industries, who are not supposed to work over eight hours a day and over 40 hours a week under the Labor Code. The step also brings back Soviet-time practices when work hours for film crews were strictly controlled and all overtime work was compensated at higher rates.

However, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, shifts lasting up to 12 hours with no overtime compensations have not been uncommon, and producers have often taken it for granted.

Now, both local and foreign producers shooting in Russia will have to keep this consideration in mind.