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Work and coronavirus

The coronavirus epidemic in recent days has significantly contributed to the increase in the number of redundancies for people who have previously worked under a “mandate contract” (umowa zlecenie) or a “specific task” contract (umowa o dzieło). The termination of these contracts can usually be made immediately, because they rarely include a notice period (it is different in the case of an employment contract (umowa o pracę), where these dates are fixed by law).

Under a mandate contract (umowa zlecenie) or a specific task contract (umowa o dzieło), salary is only paid within the hours actually worked. Moreover, in these contracts, sickness insurance premiums are not paid automatically, which means that coverage can only take place with the submission of the application and a payment according to it.
With the loss of employment, the right to legal residence will often cease if it was justified by work (for example in the case of an employee visa or a unit work and residence permit). Related to the above, the Ukrainian Embassy in Poland has launched a form for Ukrainian citizens who want to return to their homeland.
We also invite you to use the hotline launched by the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Poland. – numbers can be found here.

In these special circumstances, for people seeking information and advice on the conditions and legalisation of employment in Poland, on 8th of January the National Labour Inspectorate (Państwowa Inspekcja Pracy) has launched the hotline. Consultations are also available in Ukrainian. The hotline is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 at the following phone number:
– 22 391 83 60 – telephone recommended for foreigners who work in the following provinces: Masovian, Łódź, Greater Poland, Świętokrzyskie, Lublin and Lubusz,
From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 on the phone number:
– 89 33 17 41 – telephone recommended for foreigners who work in the following provinces: Warmian-Masurian, Podlasie, Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Pomeranian and West Pomeranian,
From Monday to Wednesday from 16:00 to 20:00 at the following phone number:
– 22 111 35 29 – telephone recommended for foreigners who work in the following provinces: Podkarpackie, Małopolskie, Śląskie, Opolskie and Dolnośląskie.

For the last, we have some useful tips for organising your work:
– limit personal contact at work, e.g. if possible communicate via virtual communication and resign from meetings;
– it is good to apply to the employer for the opportunity to work from home (the employer may order such work as part of the effort to counteract the spread of coronavirus);
– the very decision whether the employee will be entrusted with remote work, however, belongs to the employer, which does not mean that he cannot apply for it (the application is not, however, binding on the employer),
– remember that remote work does not reduce salary,
– any examination by the employer requires your agreement (it is primarily about measuring body temperature). Let’s, however, keep in mind our common good and the need to counteract potential threats related to the epidemic.

 

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