Labour & 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.


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 “Employment Mediation”.

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  • Ranked among the leaders in Employment

    The Legal 500, 2022
  • Top-ranked in Labour & Employment

    Ukrainian Law Firms 2021
  • Band 2 in Employment

    Chambers Europe 2022
  • 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
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