Labor and Employment Law
On May 20, 2020, the Polish government adopted the fourth and final package of anti-crisis solutions known as "Shield 4.0".
The pandemic associated to the COVID-19 brought deep and substantial changes in the most diverse areas and sectors, having, in particular, provoked significant modification in the labor universe.
The Parliament adopted amendments to the Act on special arrangements for the prevention and combating of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and the resulting emergencies and other acts. The so-called "Anti-Crisis Shield 2.0" was signed by the President and came into force. What changes in labor law are waiting for entrepreneurs?
On 31 March, 2020 an amendment to the Act on specific solutions related to the preventing, counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them, together with other acts (the “Act”) entered into force.
When developing the Anti-Crisis Shield project, the government also took into account the difficult situation of foreigners staying in Poland during a pandemic and some of the new provisions are intended to make life easier for those who are waiting for a decision on a permit to stay in Poland or cannot return to their country.
The package of the so-called "Anti-Crisis Shield", as announced, includes a number of changes, among others, directly affecting employers and employees, which are to mitigate, at least in part, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the Sejm is proceeding with the adoption of acts that make up the "Anti-Crisis Shield".
During the press conference, the President of Poland and the Prime Minister, following the meeting of the Cabinet Council, announced an outline of package of support actions for the society and entrepreneurs referred to as “Anti-crisis Shield”.
The Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) enables entrepreneurs who, due to the coronavirus epidemic, may have issues with paying their ongoing contributions to take advantage of the possibilities under de minimis public aid.
Considering the extraordinary and unpredicted situation related to COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to present you with this informative note drawn up from perspective of Polish law, which contains an indication of the most important issues that cannot be forgotten in running a business today.
Following the declaration by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Health of the State of Alert for the whole country, the Council of Ministers, on March 13th 2020, approved a set of measures, of extraordinary and urgent nature, in response to the epidemiological situation of the new COVID-19, having, on the same date, been published in the Official Gazette, Decree-Law n.º 10-A/2020 and Resolution of the Council of Ministers n.º 10-A/2020, as well as Ordinance n.º 71-A/2020, of March 15th 2020, being these diplomas that came to operationalize the measures announced.