Labour law updates and recommendations 2022

DLA Piper Poland

Work-life balance – how will the directive be implemented?

The coming months will see a number of amendments to Polish labour law. We are still waiting for the implementation of the EU Whistleblower Directive, and a bill on the permanent introduction of remote working into the Polish legal system has been submitted to the Polish Parliament for the first reading. On 6 June 2022, …

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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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How does the new Act on the Defence of the Homeland affect employers?

The Act on the Defence of the Homeland (“the Act”) entered into force on 23 April 2022. Its purpose is to systematise and clarify the provisions of military law and the issue of performing the obligation to defend the Republic of Poland. What issues does this raise for employers that employ individuals who decide to …

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New bill on protection of whistleblowers

On 12 April, on the website of the Government Legislation Centre, the second version of the bill on the protection of people reporting infringements of the law, implementing the EU Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers, was published. The bill takes into account some of the concerns raised during public consultations. In addition to putting …

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Another amendment of the Polish Special Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine

On 14 April, the Polish President signed another amendment to the Special Act on Assistance for Ukrainian Citizens in Connection with the Armed Conflict on the Territory of that Country and some other acts. This time, the scope of the amendment is larger and includes changes of an organizational and supplementary nature. Importantly, some of …

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Amendment of the Polish Special Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine

On Saturday, 26 March 2022, an amendment to the Polish Special Act on Assistance for Ukrainian Citizens was signed by the President. The changes are small, but they have a big impact on people who, for various reasons, left Ukraine on or after 24 February 2022 to a country other than Poland and then came …

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Overview of the special act on assistance for Ukrainian citizens

Below we present the main principles of the Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine in Connection with the Armed Conflict on the Territory of Ukraine, which entered into force on 13 March 2022 (hereinafter: “the Act”). The Act applies to Ukrainian citizens who legally entered Poland from the territory of Ukraine, in connection with …

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EU implements temporary immigration measures for Ukrainian refugees

On 4 March 2022, the Council of the European Union issued a decision to implement temporary protection for people displaced from Ukraine (“Decision”). The protection derives from a Council Directive[1] and applies from 4 March 2022.   Each Member State will need to implement local laws to give effect to the temporary protection measures (unless existing …

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Remote work – when there is an accident at work?

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have been given the possibility of temporarily instructing employees to perform their work away from the workplace. This so-called home office will probably continue after the pandemic, as the bill introducing remote work permanently into the Labour Code has already been through the consultation process and is currently …

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Act on Foreigners – new regulations on the employment of foreigners in Poland

On 29 January 2022, the long-awaited reform of the Polish immigration law came into force, the purpose of which is to facilitate the procedures for legalising the stay and the obtaining of work permits by foreigners. The new regulations promise quite far-reaching facilitation, but only practice will show whether they will actually improve the whole …

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How employee representatives can influence the actions of employers

As a rule, if there are no trade unions active in an employing establishment, certain actions should still be consulted or even agreed upon with employee representatives. Such employee representatives are not protected by the Labour Code to the same extent as trade union members. In particular, they are not protected against termination of employment. …

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