Poland: New rights to unionise for non-employees

January 2, 2019

As of 1 January 2019, a major amendment to the Polish Unions Act allows those working under non-employment arrangements such as civil law contracts or under self-employment are to unionise. The new regulations apply to those who provide work outside of the standard employment relationship. This is provided that they do not employ others to provide their work, and that the rights and interests related to their work that can be represented and defended by a union.

Non-employees have now been given a number of rights similar to those of employees, including, without limitation:

In practice, these amendments have the potential to revolutionise the working relationship with those non standard employer/employee relationships that this amendment targets. It should also be kept in mind that any business decisions concerning such persons may now be assessed from the angle of discrimination for union membership.

For further information or to discuss any of the issues raised, please contact Roch Pałubicki at +48 61 856 04 14, roch.palubicki@skslegal.pl or Karolina Kanclerz at +48 71 346 77 00, karolina.kanclerz@skslegal.pl




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