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Failure to disclose foreign travel during a pandemic as a serious breach of basic employee obligations

Judgment of the Regional Court in Olsztyn of 29 January 2021, ref. no. IV Pa 79/20 According to the judgment of the Regional Court in Olsztyn of 29 January 2021 (ref. no. IV Pa 79/20), withholding information from the employer about foreign travel during a pandemic may be considered a serious breach of basic employee …

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Whistleblower law

On 18 October 2021, the Government Legislation Centre published the long-awaited bill on the protection of people reporting breaches of law, widely known as the “whistleblower law”. The aim of the bill is to implement into the Polish legal system the EU Directive 2019/1937, according to which it will be the duty of every employer …

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Registration of contracts for specific work

From 1 January 2021, entities concluding contracts for specific work (in Polish:  umowa o dzieło) will be required to register them in the newly created register kept by the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS). The registration obligation will apply, among others, to contracts concluded between persons that are not parties to an employment relationship, which means …

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New aid solutions in relation to COVID-19 – Shield 6.0

On 15 December 2020, the sixth in a series of so-called Anti-Crisis Shields, also known as the Industry Shield, was published in the Journal of Laws. The new regulations are aimed at around 40 sectors, including retail, food and services, transport and culture. Enterprises whose main activity fell under a specific code of the Polish …

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New restrictions in connection with COVID-19

The Regulation of 6th November 2020 introduced new restrictions connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have a significant impact on the functioning of many employers. Below, we present the most important of them: Closed shops in shopping malls except grocery shops, shops selling cosmetics, building and repair products, articles for pets, newspapers or books; …

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Recalculating the benefit base

The Anti-Crisis Shield, which we have discussed many times, provided for the possibility of reducing the working hours of employees as part of the support provided to companies. However, this has led to negative consequences for people on sickness, care and parental benefits, and in particular for women who gave birth and acquired the right …

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Minimum wage in 2021

In 2021, employers will be obliged to pay full-time employees at least PLN 2,800 gross (approx. EUR 650) per month. This increase in the minimum wage will have an impact on other financial benefits received by employees in connection with their employment, for example there will be an increase in the special allowance for working …

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Amendments to the Act on the Posting of Workers

Legislative work has been completed on the law implementing into the Polish legal order Directive 2018/957 of the European Parliament and the Council of 28 June 2018 amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. The new law will impose new obligations on employers that post workers …

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Changes to the employment law after holidays!

Intensive works on important employment-related changes are being underway. They will have a significant impact on conducting business activities by employers. Those changes include: – increase in the minimum wage The Council of Ministers has published information on a planned increase in the minimum monthly wage and the minimum hourly rate that should be granted …

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Changes to the rules on calculating statutory minimum remuneration  

Some remuneration components such as jubilee awards, overtime allowances, night-time work allowances and retirement severance cannot be included as part of the minimum remuneration. However, on 1 January 2020, a significant amendment to the rules on calculating the payment of the statutory minimum remuneration has come into force. According to the new rules, employers should …

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Minimum wage in 2020

In 2020, employers will be obliged to pay full-time employees at least PLN 2,600 gross (approx. EUR 600) per month. This increase in the minimum wage will have an impact on other financial benefits received by employees in connection with their employment, i.e. there will be an increase in severance pay in the case of …

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Changes to the rules on conducting court proceedings

On 7 November 2019, new provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure will come into force that introduce significant changes to the rules on conducting proceedings before labour courts. One of the most important changes is giving dismissed employees an opportunity to return to work after a favourable, non-final judgement of the court of first …

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