Labor and Employment Law
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.
We are currently undergoing a public health crisis, caused by the new coronavirus («COVID-19»), the impact of which on the business sector could have significant legal consequences, from a contractual, dispute resolution, labor, regulatory and even criminal perspective. This broad range of potential incidents should warrant special attention and be handled from a multidisciplinary legal point of view.
A number of Ordinances with a special impact on Social Security matters have been published in the Portuguese Official Gazette, highlighting the ones that follows:
It was published in the official gazette the Decree-Law no. 167/2019, of 21 November, ruling the increase of the minimum monthly wage to € 635,00, with effects from January 1, 2020, onwards.
Laws no. 90/2019 and 93/2019, of September 4, were published in Diário da República, which introduced the following amendments regarding the parenting protection regime:
Law no. 93/2019, of September 4, was published in Diário da República, which introduced changes to the Labor Code and its Regulation, as well as to the Code of Contributory Regimes of the Social Security Social Security System and its Regulation.
On April 12, 2019 was published on Diário da República the Decree n. º 112-A/2019 that regulates the creation of the Contract-Generation measure (hereinafter “measure”), which consists on the assignment of financial incentives to indefinite and simultaneous hiring of young searching for their first job and unemployed of long and very long term.