Legal know-how, employment updates and recommendations

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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Changes to the rules on issuing work certificates

On September 7 2019, significant changes to the rules on issuing employment certificates to employees in connection with the termination of cooperation with the employer will come into force. Under the new rules, employers will be required to issue employment certificates to employees on the date on which their employment ends. Employers that are not …

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Changes in the law concerning discrimination and mobbing

New provisions of the Polish Labour Code will come into force on 7 September 2019 that introduce significant changes to how employees can seek protection against discrimination and mobbing. The main change is the introduction of an open catalogue of grounds for discrimination, which in practice allows employees to claim discrimination by the employer for …

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The deadline for implementing the first PPKs is fast approaching

The date – 1 July 2019 – of the obligatory application of the Act on Employee Capital Plans (PPK) for employers that had at least 250 employees on 31 December 2018 (including  individuals working under certain civil law contracts) is fast approaching. The establishment of a PPK is associated with a number of additional obligations …

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Impact of the GDPR on the rules for processing data relating to employees using a company social benefits fund

Employees wishing to take advantage of  benefits financed by a company social benefits fund are usually required to provide additional information about their life, family and material situation. The amendment to the Act on Company Social Benefits Funds from May 2019 allows employers to process additional information on employees and their families for the purpose …

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