Labour law updates and recommendations

DLA Piper Poland

Long-term sick-leave will no longer be a reason preventing dismissal

The new rules for calculating the benefit period will mean that employees will not be able to stay on sick leave for an indefinite period to avoid termination of their employment contracts. According to the currently binding provisions, the period for which an employee can claim sickness allowance is 182 days, and in case of …

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Changes in Polish law resulting from the EU Work-Life Balance Directive

In 2022 the Polish Labour Code is due to be amended in order to implement EU Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers. The main objective of the Directive is to achieve equality between women and men both in the labour market and in the share of caring responsibilities, …

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Protection of whistleblowers still without guidelines

In the second half of October, the long-awaited bill on the protection of whistleblowers – more commonly known as the “whistleblower law” – was published. The new legislation aims to implement EU Directive 2019/1937 into the Polish legal system and the deadline for doing so is 17 December 2021. With the deadline fast approaching, there …

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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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