The State Duma proposed to give the Russians a day off on their birthday

State Duma deputy Oleg Matveychev spoke out in favor of securing the right of citizens to a shortened working day or a day off on their birthday. The corresponding proposal was sent to the Ministry of Labor, RIA Novosti reports on July 22.

“Why <...> on this day not legally ask for time off from the authorities, not take a vacation, but have the legal right to a day off or a reduction in the working day … I suggested that the Ministry of Labor make such a bill,” the deputy said in a dialogue with the agency.

According to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, the duration of the working day or shift that precedes a non-working holiday is reduced by one hour, but such a labor benefit is not provided on birthdays, the deputy noted.

“In this regard, I ask you to consider the issue of the advisability of amending the labor legislation in terms of establishing for citizens who work on their birthday, reduced by one hour of the working day or shift,” the text of the document sent to the Ministry of Labor says.

Matveychev added that the vast majority of citizens should be given more free time on this day, as they spend it in the family circle.

Earlier that day, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin proposed reducing vacations for deputies and officials to the minimum required. He expressed the opinion that politicians should not have vacations, and all civil servants should follow the example of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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