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The Amendment of the Labour Code

On 25th June 2015 the Polish Parliament, almost unanimously, adopted the government’s propositions on amendment to the Labour Code. The purpose of this amendment is the eradication of misuses connected with the conclusion of contracts for a definite period of time.

 Main changes introduced by this amendment include:

  • abolition of contracts for the time of the completion of a specified task,
  • limitation of period for which an employee may be contracted on the basis of contacts for a definite period of time to 33 months,
  • bringing a new rule according to which the fourth contract for definite period of time between the same parties, regardless of  the interval between the termination of the preceding and the establishment of the subsequent employment contract, is considered a contract for an indefinite period of time,
  • the right of an employer to unilaterally release an employee from work duties during a period of notice,
  • leveling a period of notice for contracts for a definite period of time with period of notice for contracts for an indefinite period of time.

Today (24th of July 2015) the Senate is due to vote on adoption of this bill. Unless the Senate proposes changes involving application period, the bill will come into force after 6 months from the date of publication, which will probably mean in the first half of 2016.

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