Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Poland as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Poland: Employee Capital Pension Plan

If companies do not have their own “third pillar” voluntary employee pension plan in place by now, it is getting too late to establish one …

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Poland: Job ads to include salary ranges

Several proposals have been made to establish a legal obligation on employers to publish in job adverts the remuneration that is on offer for particular posts …

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Poland: IKEA manager charged for firing worker over anti-gay comments

An IKEA HR manager now officially faces charges for dismissing an employee who referred to homosexuality as an “abomination” on the company’s intranet …

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Poland: Government to tightly regulate major acquisitions by non-EEA entities

The Polish government has submitted to Parliament for approval a new law that will go beyond current competition laws …

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Poland: Negotiated pay cuts

Companies that do not want to be tied to the conditions that accompany the “Anticrisis shield” programme introduced by the government may still, in certain circumstances, reduce pay, terms and conditions another way …

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Poland: Postponement of certain obligations

Payment of corporate income tax for 2019 has been postponed until the 31st of May 2020 …

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Poland: PGG miners sign 6-pct wage hike deal with management

Under the newly concluded wage agreement between the Polish Mining Group (PGG) and unions, face and underground support workers at PGG will now see an immediate average 6% gross monthly pay increase – from PLN 7,386 (US$1,870) to PLN 7,829 (US$1,982) …

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Poland: LGBT prejudice

Employers should take note that one third of the land area of Poland (mainly in the south of the country) has now been declared by of 100 local municipalities as a LGBT-free zone …

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Poland: Sunday trading

The current Labour Code restrictions on Sunday working in the retail sector that were introduced last Spring have led to a number of major supermarkets, such as the UK food retailer Tesco, closing or running down their operations …

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Poland: What are the requirements relating to advertising positions?

Under a proposed amendment to the Labour Code, employers will be obliged to only advertise jobs with an openly declared level of gross remuneration, although this can be expressed as a range …

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Poland: Average wages up 7.7% y/y in Q3 2019

Over the year to October 2019, average gross pay in Poland increased by 5 …

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Poland: Minimum monthly wage to be increased for 2020

From next year onwards, the minimum monthly wage in Poland will rise by 15 …

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Poland: US visa free travel for Polish citizens

Polish citizens traveling on passports with embedded computer chips, and who have successfully obtained an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will now be able to visit the United States without a visa and stay for up to 90 days …

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Poland: Valid grounds for establishing the existence of discrimination

It is now open to employees to claim that factors relating to the nature of their employment other than those actually listed in the Labour Code (Article 18(3a) § 1) are valid grounds for establishing the existence of discrimination …

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Poland: Personal income tax changes

From October 1st 2019 the lowest income tax rate has reduced for incomes up to 85,528 PLN (US$21,962) from 18% to 17% …

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