employment

Salary cut for protected employees

An employer may reduce the salary of an employee who works reduced hours instead of taking childrearing leave, the Polish Supreme Court ruled in the judgment dated 12 May 2011 (Case No. II PK 6/11).

Long-term employment of Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian citizens in Poland

Solutions gradually being introduced to enable hiring in Poland of citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Georgia and Moldova, are helpful mainly for short-term employment.

Ombudsman comes to the defence of freelancers

In execution proceedings, debtors who receive pay for their work on the basis of a contract to perform a specific assignment or create a specific work are treated worse than debtors who are paid a salary on the basis of an employment contract.

Non-discrimination also applies to management board members

A member of a company management board may be regarded as an employee within the meaning of Council Directive 92/85 EEC of 19 October 1992. Removal of a pregnant woman from the management board may thus be successfully challenged as discriminatory.

Uniform principles for the remuneration of contractors

A new act implementing certain European Union provisions on equal treatment is awaiting signature by the President and will probably come into force as of the New Year.

The gift of the Magi

An act amending the Labour Code and other laws comes into force from 1 January 2011, establishing a new public holiday on Epiphany (January 6).