Labour law updates and recommendations 2022

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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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Another bill on the protection of whistleblowers

On 7 July 2022, the latest bill on the protection of whistleblowers, implementing the EU Whistleblowing Directive, was published on the website of the Government Legislation Centre. The bill clarifies some issues but does not make many drastic modifications in relation to the previous bill of 6 April 2022). Below are the most important changes. …

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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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