Medical tests for employees driving company cars

On 29 June 2011 amendments to the Order of the Minister of Health dated 7 January 2004 on the Medical Examinations of Drivers and Persons Applying for Driving Licences came into force.

One of the changes introduces a mandatory eye test for holders of  a specific category of driving licence (A, A1, B, B1, B+E, and T) who drive company vehicles in the course of their duties. In reality the requirement now applies to all employees who drive company cars as a part of their work.

Alcohol testing at work

On 1 July 2011 amendments to the Act dated 26 October 1982 on Sober Upbringing and Counteracting Alcoholism were introduced.

Previously, only employees themselves could demand alcohol testing (to assess their sobriety and fitness to work) and the regulations did not identify who could conduct such a test.

The revisions to the Act mean that alcohol testing of an employee may be carried out  at the request  of his or her manager providing the manager (or person to whom the manager delegates responsibility) holds a reasonable suspicion that the employee is intoxicated or has consumed alcohol at work. A test may only be carried out by  authorities appointed for the protection of public order and the taking of a blood sample from the employee must be conducted by a health service professional.

Protection of trade unions' members

On 28 July 2011 an Amendment to the Labour Code came into force concerning trade union members who have either been employed for a specified period of time or until completion of a specified task. In the event their employment is  terminated, such employees are now entitled to claim  reinstatement, and not merely compensation.

Working time of disabled employees

On 1 January 2012 amendments to the Act dated 27 August 1997 on Professional and Social Rehabilitation and Employment of Disabled Persons will change the period of working time applicable to disabled workers.

Under current legislation, the working time of disabled people with a significant and moderate degree of disability may not exceed 7 hours per day and 35 hours per week.

As a result of the forthcoming  amendment, the maximum working time of every disabled person will instead be 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. It will be possible to reduce that period to 7 hours per day and 35 hours per week, but only if a medical certificate is issued by a doctor.

Minimum wage in 2012

In 2012 the minimum wage in Poland will increase to PLN 1500 gross.