In Russia, all employees with a five-day working week have two days off. One of them, approved in the Labor Code, is Sunday, the second – as it will. But in St. Petersburg it will soon be officially legalized: weekends should be understood as Saturday and Sunday. This, however, will only concern local rules on silence. But the capital was surprised.
No fines to be issued
The authors of the document are deputies Dmitry Pavlov, Alexander Rassudov and Denis Chetyrbok explained that clarifications were needed because of the difficulties in issuing fines for violations of the law on silence.
According to Article 111 of the Labor Code, with a five-day working week, employees are provided with two days off per week. The general holiday is Sunday. The second is established by a collective agreement or internal labor regulations. That is, federal law does not prescribe which second day is exactly a day off. And in St. Petersburg it created problems.
According to local law, noise is prohibited from 22:00 to 08:00, and on weekends and non-working holidays – from 22:00 to 12:00. This applies to repairs, construction, snow removal, loading and unloading, shouting, whistling, loud music and other noisy activities that interfere with peace.
But some people have an individual schedule, and, for example, chasing the walls at 8 am on Saturday, they objected to the application of punishments – after all, this day was not a day off for them.
Recall that the fines for disturbing the peace and quiet of the residents of the Northern capital range from 500 rubles to 5 thousand for citizens, for officials – from 25 thousand to 50 thousand, for legal entities – from 50 thousand to 200 thousand rubles.
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Maybe Monday, maybe Wednesday
If you follow the logic of the St. Petersburg parliamentarians, then, since the federal legislator does not prohibit it, any day of the week, even Monday, even Wednesday, even Friday, can be declared the second day off in a particular region.
“In the long run, it might be possible. It has long been said that the work week should be shortened. Why not? But for now, Saturday is Saturday. We will run away from all worries, ”the speaker of parliament joked, answering questions from journalists Alexander Belsky.
The ban on noise on Saturday and Sunday seemed doubtful to the deputy: “In my opinion, there are a number of norms that, of course, are discussed and adopted in concern for the well-being of citizens, but at the same time they are obviously redundant. A simple example – some housewife came up with the idea to do the cleaning in the evening. And she has an ancient vacuum cleaner that makes a lot of noise. Who will determine whether this is enough noise to issue a fine to the housewife? How will the decibel level be calculated? I think it’s worth working on all these nuances separately.”
Deputy of the Legislative Assembly Denis Chetyrbok removed the intrigue and reassured everyone: the new norm does not affect federal legislation in any way: “This note concerns only the law on noise. And in no way affects the procedure for carrying out labor activity or the mode of operation of enterprises.
According to him, before the concept of “day off” was absent in the city laws of St. Petersburg, and the federal rule was used to interpret it. So the deputies decided to fill this gap.
“Our interpretation should be guided only by those who decide to start making noise on Saturday at an inopportune time,” Chetyrbok concluded. “For everyone else, the Labor Code of the Russian Federation and their own labor contracts will remain paramount.”