Can shops operate on 12 November 2018?

08.11.2018

The President of Poland signed a law establishing 12 November 2018 a public holiday. It has only a few articles and deals with an individual case, and yet it gives rise to a discussion as whether 12 November 2018 is covered by trade restrictions. Despite an opposite position of the National Labour Inspectorate and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, it seems that shops may be opened if retail staff is employed on the basis of civil law contracts, works in shifts or there are other exceptions to the work ban on non-working days as specified in Art. 151[10] of the Labour Code.

Costly parting of the ways with the Polish tax authorities: Tax on income from unrealised gains

08.11.2018

A tax amendment is lying on the Polish President’s desk. It will introduce, among other things, a tax on income from unrealised gains. As announced, the regulations should enter into force at the beginning of 2019.

Strengthening financial market supervision

08.11.2018

Recent difficult investor experiences have led to proposals for further regulatory changes aimed at increasing security and strengthening supervision of the financial market. Currently in a Sejm committee, a government bill is being read for the first time which would amend several acts, redefine the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, and impose an obligation to dematerialise some financial instruments.

Can new regulations limit the possibility of resigning from a company’s management board?

08.11.2018

A bill currently being processed by the Sejm significantly limits the right of a management board member to resign from office at any time.

Electronic bid bond has negative consequences for bids

25.10.2018

The approach taken in a Public Procurement Office opinion towards the issue of the form of a non-pecuniary bid bond will mean a lower number of valid bids above EU thresholds, where the bid bonds required are so high that contractors use bank guarantees.

Food law 2019. Double standards in food

25.10.2018

The European Parliament has specified areas in which measures are to be taken to prevent unreasonable variation in product quality on the single EU market. Varying quality in this way will be a prohibited market practice. This is the main change planned for 2019, but not the only change.