Labour law updates and recommendations

Inclusion on the sanctions list blocks the payment of remuneration

An employer is prohibited from paying remuneration to an employee whom it has employed after being included on the sanctions list. However, the mere fact of being included on the list cannot be grounds for terminating the contract with such a person. Pursuant to the Act of 13 April 2022 on Special Measures to Counteract …

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Self-enrolment in Employee Capital Plans – obligations of the employer

In 2023 it will be four years since the introduction of the universal retirement savings programme in Poland, i.e. Employee Capital Plans (PPK). This means that this year employers must carry out the procedure for the first so-called PPK auto-enrolment. What is PPK auto-enrolment? Auto-enrolment means that employees who have so far opted out of …

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Changes in labour law – implementation of two EU directives

2023 will see numerous changes in labour law. It will certainly be a challenging year for employers, who will need to prepare for innovations related to remote working, the protection of whistleblowers, and the implementation of two EU directives: (i) on transparent and predictable working conditions and (ii) on work-life balance for parents and carers. …

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Amendment of the Special Act – changes not only for Ukrainian citizens

On 14 December 2022, the Sejm passed another amendment to the Special Act. This time, the changes will apply not only to Ukrainian citizens, but also to other foreign nationals – this is because some provisions of the so called Covid Act will be repealed. The most important changes are as follows. The changes introduced …

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Extension of temporary protection until March 2024 and further amendment of the Special Act

The European Commission has announced its decision to extend temporary protection for Ukrainian citizens fleeing the war in their country. The temporary protection granted by the European Union was originally intended to last until March 2023, but it has now been extended to March 2024. Currently, more than 4.2 million Ukrainian citizens are benefitting from …

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Minimum wage in 2023

On 13 September 2022, the Council of Ministers issued a regulation on the amount of the minimum monthly wage and the amount of the minimum hourly rate for 2023. According to the regulation, there will be two increases in the minimum wage next year. From 1 January 2023, employers will be obliged to pay full-time …

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Latest changes to the visa application process

EXTENSION OF THE POLAND BUSINESS HARBOUR PROGRAMME The Poland Business Harbour programme, which started over two years ago, was designed to simplify the relocation of IT professionals, start-ups, and small, medium-sized and large enterprises to Poland. The key to facilitate this process is a special type of visa, which allows people to work without the …

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Changes in traveling outside of Poland for Ukrainian citizens

In last weeks we have described why Ukrainian citizens who are covered by the Special Act cannot travel outside of Poland upon the expiry of the 90-day visa-free period. You can find more details here. However, an important change has recently taken place with the introduction of a new electronic document known as the DiiA. …

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Additional employment no longer blocked and restricted

Employers often use a clause that prohibits additional professional activities, even though its validity and legality are reasonably questionable. Soon they will not be able to do so. In just a few weeks, companies will no longer be able to prohibit their employees from taking on additional employment. The upcoming amendment is to explicitly prejudge …

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Remote working and sobriety checks in the Labour Code this year?

On 24 May 2022, the Council of Ministers passed a bill amending the Labour Code, which provides for the introduction into the Labour Code of provisions regulating remote work and rules for carrying out sobriety checks on employees, which we have already mentioned here. This step announces the beginning of the end of a long …

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