Labour and Employment

Sayenko Kharenko’s labour team specializes in all areas of labour and employment law and enjoys an international reputation of highly professional and experienced experts in the field. Our labour and employment law practice is one of the leading and largest in Ukraine, which allows us to handle multiple projects simultaneously.






General info

We go beyond the traditional scope of the labour/employment law integrating various employment-related topics in our labour and employment practice. The firm’s labour and employment team closely follows the global employment law development trends, such as global trade union activities and equal employment opportunities.

Realizing that the Ukrainian labour/employment law, unlike many other areas of law, is highly dependent on the legal scholars’ commentaries and law interpretations, we build our team around the requirement of combining vast practical experience in handling the most sophisticated employment matters with profound theoretical knowledge of the labour law, which is rare on the legal market. 

We are known for our innovative approach to all matters, from the complex know-how dismissals (including for violating the FCPA/UKBA/Ukrainian anti-corruption/anti-bribery legislation provisions) to developing sophisticated corporate policies, regulations and other documents in the employment area. 

We develop comprehensive implementation plans for the corporate policies and regulations (including those based on the global documents) to be user-friendly and digestible for all employees of Ukrainian subsidiaries, including blue-collar workers. We use our expertise in personal data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery areas as a workable tool for taking disciplinary actions against non-performing employees, including dismissals.

We support our litigation practice team throughout the entire process of litigating labour disputes. This cooperation results in the remarkable number of disputes resolved in favour of our clients. Notwithstanding our success in litigating various complex labour disputes, we believe in amicable dispute settlement and represent our clients in mediation proceedings. Some lawyers in our team are certified to sit as mediators and are experienced in employment mediation. Counsel Dr Svitlana Kheda co-authored Ukraine’s first coursebook on mediation for law students – Mediation in the Lawyer’s Professional Activities. In particular, Svitlana wrote the chapter

Sayenko Kharenko’s labour and employment team specializes in all areas of labour and employment law and provides a wide range of services to address the clients’ needs, including:

  • labour/employment law compliance audits;
  • due diligence reviews of labour law and labour law related liabilities in corporate acquisitions (including assessment of Ukrainian targets’ compliance with privacy/data protection laws and FCPA/UKBA /Ukrainian anti-corruption/anti-bribery legislation);
  • compensation and benefits, including executive compensation issues;
  • disciplinary actions;
  • all aspects of advising on trade union regulation and other employees’ representation matters, including consulting on global trade union activities and their implications on Ukrainian employers;
  • bringing global employment/corporate policies and procedures of transnational companies in compliance with Ukrainian law;
  • complex, know-how employee dismissals, including those caused by FCPA/UKBA/Ukrainian anti-corruption/anti-bribery legislation related violations by top management of Ukrainian subsidiaries of multinational companies;
  • redundancies and mass layoffs due to employer’s liquidation or business restructuring;
  • advising on employing interns and temporary employees;
  • advising on HR record retention issues;
  • consulting on implementing ‘do not hire’ global policies in Ukrainian subsidiaries;
  • drafting sophisticated employment agreements/contracts, job descriptions, employment termination agreements and other related documentation for CEOs, top management and other staff, as well as internal personnel policies and procedures, and collective bargaining agreements;
  • adjusting global employee references release procedures to the Ukrainian data protection legislation;
  • advising on military service and mobilization laws implications on employers;
  • developing sophisticated internal regulations and related documents on protecting confidential information and commercial secret, in particular of companies subject to mandatory disclosure of public information;
  • advising on engaging foreign secondees by Ukrainian companies and sending Ukrainian employees on secondment abroad;
  • consulting on various aspects of the multijurisdictional employee transfers, including developing such transfers algorithms;
  • advising on the personnel outsourcing, including on relevant cross-border issues;
  • advising on employment and immigration law issues, and all other aspects of engaging foreign labour, including within the framework of the services agreements between the Ukrainian company and the foreign service provider entity;
  • obtaining work permits and service cards for foreign employees and assisting them with various immigration law issues (e.g., obtaining D-type visas, temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits, etc.);
  • advising on the specifics of Ukrainian workplace health and safety regulation, conducting due-diligence reviews of Ukrainian targets’ compliance with Ukrainian labour safety legislation, developing sophisticated labour safety policies and procedures, and adjusting global corporate workplace health and safety policies to Ukrainian legislation;
  • advising on the equal employment opportunities policies and procedures, including on bringing the global corporate anti-discrimination policies and procedures in compliance with applicable Ukrainian laws;
  • consulting on specifics of employing people with disabilities;
  • representing clients in disputes with trade unions, including in labour disputes commission, court and mediation procedure;
  • litigation and other dispute settlement, including  employment mediation.

Related professionals

Iryna Bakina


Svitlana Kheda


Olga Kyriusha

Senior Associate


Ranked among the leaders in Employment
The Legal 500, 2023

Top-ranked in Labour & Employment
Ukrainian Law Firms 2021

Ranked among the leaders in Employment
Chambers Europe 2023

Top-ranked in Employment
Top 50 Law Firms 2021, Yuridicheskaya Practika

Law Firm of the Year in Labor and Employment
Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2020

Top Five in Labour
Market Leaders: Ukraine’s Leading Law Firms 2019, Yuridicheskaya Gazeta

Media & Insight Labour and Employment

14 April 2023


Sayenko Kharenko has been recommended as a top-tier firm in almost all practice areas researched for Ukraine in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition
16 March 2023


Sayenko Kharenko is among the top two law firms in Ukraine according to the Chambers Europe 2023 
15 February 2023


European guide to support employers. Remote work in Europe. Ukraine
08 July 2022


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