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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 3 Mar 2021

Recent legislative changes: everything HR departments need to know

Ongoing monitoring of the latest legislative changes is an essential part of HR departments' work. To help employers, this article highlights the most significant legislative changes so far in 2021, including with regard to blood donors being awarded an additional day off work, the extension of the additional carers' allowance and the National Labour Inspectorate's inspection plan for 2021.
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 24 Feb 2021

What's new in employment law in 2021?

This article presents a brief summary of the key changes that employers and employees will have to face in 2021, including with regard to the increase in the minimum wage, the obligation to notify contracts for specific work, remote working, COVID-19 vaccination and audits relating to use of anti-crisis shield instruments.
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 17 Feb 2021

Overview of changes in employment law in 2020

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic dominated 2020, affected the business world and forced employers to adapt to new conditions. The legislative work of 2020 focused mainly on counteracting the COVID-19 pandemic's impact by supporting employers and preserving jobs. This article presents a brief summary of the key changes that employers and employees had to face in the difficult year of 2020.
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 2 Dec 2020

How is remote work regulated in Poland?

During the COVID-19 pandemic many companies have decided to let their employees work from home. However, the issue of remote work is often problematic for Polish employers as it is not regulated in the Labour Code, which regulates only telework. The current regulations have not kept up with the changing circumstances and therefore pose difficulties regarding interpretation for employers....
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 26 Oct 2020

Sole acquisition of author's economic copyrights does not grant monopoly on use of work

A recent disagreement over a logotype illustrates a common situation where acquirers of an author's economic copyrights are convinced that they have exclusive rights to all forms of use and modification of the work without the need to obtain the author's consent. However, the reality is that in addition to the transfer of an author's economic copyright, agreements should also cover the......
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 2 Sep 2020

Changes on the horizon regarding posting of employees and mobbing

For the past few months, legislative work has primarily focused on COVID-19. However, the anti-crisis shield is not the only issue that employers should pay attention to in the near future. On the horizon there are changes concerning the posting of employees and potential changes with respect to 'mobbing' (ie, workplace bullying).
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 17 Aug 2020

Authors' right to prohibit performance of songs by former band singer and writer of lyrics

In a long-running dispute, well-known musician Małgorzata Ostrowska took legal action concerning the use of songs, for which she had written the lyrics, against Grzegorz Stróżniak, her former band colleague and the composer and co-author of the songs. As the dispute could not be settled amicably, Ostrowska turned to the courts for help and asked for the right to manage the disputed songs to......
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 22 Jul 2020

COVID-19 legislation's impact on employee programmes

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in certain changes to Polish law which affect selected financial aspects of the employee ownership programmes implemented in Poland by foreign companies. The pertinent changes involve the local labour law regulations which govern salary deductions for the purpose of covering the subscription price of the financial instruments offered to local employees who......
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 15 Jul 2020

Anti-crisis shield updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced a package of measures known as the 'anti-crisis shield'. This article summarises the employment-related measures offered under the different versions of the anti-crisis shield relief packages, covering topics such as exemptions from social security contributions, downtime relief payments and reduced working time.
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 27 May 2020

COVID-19: anti-crisis shield updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced a package of measures – the so-called 'anti-crisis shield'. This article summarises the employment-related measures offered under the different versions of the anti-crisis shield relief packages covering topics such as exemptions from social security contributions, downtime relief payment and reduced working time.
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