2012 minimal wages

On January 21, 2012, in Remuneration, by Kalina Jaroslawska

The beginning of each year traditionally sees a new rate of minimal wages being set.

With respect to 2011, the 2012 minimal wages rose by about 8 per cent – from 1386 PLN to 1500 PLN. Gross 1500 PLN equals to net (i.e. upon deduction of tax and social insurance contributions) 1111 PLN, which is 79 PLN more than in 2011. Looking at it from the employer’s viewpoint, the new minimal wage will cost them an additional amount of 262 PLN, which includes social insurance contributions to financed by the employer from their own resources. As a result, the employer’s total cost of 2012 minimal wages will be 1762 PLN.

The employers’ organizations point out that due to a rise in the minimal wages the companies will be more reluctant to hire new employees, particularly those without qualifications and in less economically developed regions. The employers may also resort to other forms of employment that employment contracts.

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Full-time vs. part-time work

On January 14, 2012, in Working Time and Leave, by Kalina Jaroslawska

Employees may work on a full-time or part-time basis, whichever is agreed with the employer. There are no particular restrictions in this respect and the choice of the working time scheme is left to the parties to the employment contract.

However, you should bear in mind that full-time or part-time employment affects mutual rights and obligation of the employee and the employer.

First, it is forbidden to discriminate part-time employees or favour full-time employees with respect to entering into or terminating the employment contract, employment terms, promotion or access to professional training.

Second, employers are required to inform their employees about opportunities of full-time or part-time employment.

Third, part-time employment affects the rules of overtime work and paid vacation leave. Eg. the amount of vacation leave of a part-time employee should be calculated in proportion to that employee’s working time, with fractions being rounded up to a full day of leave. Further, basically a part-time employee working longer than stated in their employment contract will not be considered as working overtime provided that the 8-hour-per-day limit has not been exceeded. In this case the employment contract should indicate the number of hours above the contractual working time, exceeding of which earns the part-time employee the right to overtime premium.

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2012 changes to Polish labour law

On January 9, 2012, in General, by Kalina Jaroslawska

The beginning of 2012 saw a number of changes being introduced to Polish labour law. Read on if you are keen to know what they are:

  • minimal wages rose from 1386 PLN to 1500 PLN gross, which amounts to more than 8% increase;
  • vacation leave accrued in the foregoing calendar year will have to be used up by the end of September of the following year, which gives additional 6 months – by the end of 2011 accrued vacation leave had to be used up by the end of March;
  • additional maternity leave was extended – from 2 to 4 weeks in the event of a single birth and from 3 to 6 weeks in the event of a double or multiple birth;
  • father’s leave was extended from 1 to 2 weeks;
  • the disabled employees will work longer – 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week instead 7/35; the 7/35 scheme will apply to those employees with a considerable or moderate amount of disability who present a relevant medical certificate stating the need for shortened working time.

For sure this is not the end of changes to Polish labour law in 2012 and there is much more to come. I will keep you up to date via this blog – please do not hesitate to subscribe to the RSS feed :-)

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