In order to increase the stability and predictability of energy costs for market participants and thus counteract the negative effects of the energy crisis, the European Commission has made efforts to promote long-term private contracts concluded directly between producers and end consumers, i.e. PPAs/cPPAs. In this article, we outline the advantages of this legal solution and discuss the main barriers to the widespread use of PPAs/cPPAs.
On our blog, we have recently discussed the topic of changes in the labour law in 2023, and also leaned into the very important subject of discrimination and mobbing in the workplace, touching on its aspects from the perspective of both sides of the employment relationship. We will devote today’s post to outlining the possibilities of the so-called Hearing Commission on mobbing and discrimination (hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”) as a body within the employer’s structure.
As we have already reported on the blog in the article ”Key
aspects of the amendments to the Planning and Development Act“, the legislative amendment process concerning the
Spatial Planning and Development Act (hereinafter: the Act) is nearing completion. What remains to be done is the signature
President and promulgation in the Journal of Laws, what provides an excellent opportunity to summarise the changes, including the latest proposals put forward by the Polish Senate.
The middle of the year is behind us, and discussions about this year’s labor law changes have not quieted down. Not surprising, given the number of changes made in one year. Employers are often the ones who ask us what to look out for, which changes are the most important, and which can be ignored. I feel that while it is difficult to summarize the entire six months in one article – it is possible to isolate the key areas and the concerns that constantly arise. So let’s try to isolate those key areas that employers must face in 2023.
Successively discussed on our blog, the topics related to labour law concern many of its aspects, such as the amendment related to the introduction of remote working, the implementation of the work-life balance directive or discrimination at work. The following article is devoted to a detailed analysis of court cases on mobbing – based on the record of cases from 2011 to 2021, published by the Ministry of Justice.
Soon, on September 18, 2023, we will once again celebrate International Equal Pay Day. The holiday was established in 2020 by the United Nations with the aim of drawing public attention to the unequal pay system between men and women for their work. There is a reason why legislators of various countries, rulers and organizations at the national and international level are trying to publicize the existing disparities and the need for change in this regard.
We have repeatedly covered in the pages of our blog various issues related to the amendment of labour regulations in 2023. The introduction of regulations on employee sobriety checks or remote work to the Labour Code, as well as the implementation of the work-life balance directive to the Polish legal order, have also contributed to the fact that some executive acts issued on the basis of the Labour Code have been amended. One of them is the Decree of the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy of December 30, 2016 on the labour certificate, which, as a result of the amendment, introduced new requirements for labour certificates issued to employees from May 23, 2023, which we discuss in this post.
The provisions of SLIMVAT 3 – the next release of the VAT changes package – are now in force. Most of the tax changes provided for in the SLIMVAT 3 package came into effect on 1 July 2023.
In this post, we look at the most important VAT changes for international trade.
The amendment to the labour law, which we have discussed extensively on the blog, including the introduction of the possibility of sobriety checks, remote working and the implementation of the work-life balance directive, is presented primarily in a positive light for employees, who gain a number of new rights. At first glance, this seems to be beneficial for them – the legislator (both European and Polish) strengthens their position as a subject of the employment relationship and supports the realisation of their entitlements. Does this mean that employee-fathers will start to make greater use of parental leave? Or are they at risk of discriminatory behaviour for this reason?
Several years after the creation of the first energy clusters in Poland, the Polish legislator conducted a comprehensive review of the existing rules for their operation. It was noted that the rules for cooperation within energy clusters require further statutory clarification. On 08 May 2023, the Sejm received a government bill amending the Act on Renewable Energy Sources and Certain Other Acts (hereinafter: the Amendment), regulating the above matter. In this article, we present the main changes resulting from the Amendment.