Poland: Processing Personal Data in the Context of Employment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Polish Supervisory Authority’s Guidance

On March 12, the Polish supervisory authority (the President of the UODO) issued a statement on data processing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This statement (available in Polish here) is short on certain details and it is, therefore, of little guidance. It is silent on particular questions which have plagued most employers since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, for example, the burning issue of whether employers may take employees’ or visitors’ body temperature and perform other medical check-ups.

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Poland: Lease Agreements at Retail Facilities of More Than 2,000 m2 in the Anti-Crisis Shield Act (Bill Adopted by Sejm)

During the weekend, the Polish Sejm (the lower house of parliament) passed the so-called “Anti-Crisis Shield Act” bill. The draft will now be debated in the Senate before being signed into law by the President and becoming effective on 1 April. The document may still undergo certain changes further down the legislative path. Continue Reading

Poland: Performance of Contracts in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era – Is the Pandemic a Force Majeure?

The Polish government is putting the finishing touches to legislation aimed at supporting entrepreneurs in the time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The new legislation is divided into several parts and deals with aid through public sources, such as financing of maintenance of employment, microloans to SMEs, deferring payments of certain amounts due to public authorities, etc. The other part of the act deals with certain contractual legal relations between businesses (B2B) and with consumers (B2C).

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COVID-19: Your Employment-related Questions Answered – Czech Republic

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As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads worldwide, businesses in the Czech Republic face practical and legal employment challenges as they take measures to further the immediate goal of preventing the spread of physical infection to and within their workforces.

This insight includes questions and answers on how to handle the most frequent issues faced by employers in Czech Republic.

COVID-19: Your Employment-related Questions Answered – Slovakia

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The current pandemic situation in the Slovak Republic caused by fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19) raised several challenging issues for Slovak employers. The aim of this alert is to provide answers to some of the most frequent employment law related questions that worry the employers and provide them with lead on how to handle this tense situation.

This insight includes questions and answers on how to handle the most frequent issues faced by employers in Slovakia.

Poland: Functioning of Private LLCs During the Pandemic and Corporate Mechanisms Facilitating Discharge of Officers’ Duties

By virtue of the Regulation of the Minister of Health dated March 21, 2020 on Declaring the State of Epidemic within the Republic of Poland following COVID-19 infections, a number of restrictions have been enacted which have a bearing on the functioning of certain companies. The raging epidemic and the associated interaction and mobility restrictions have significantly hampered company functioning and decision making. We present the mechanisms enabling companies to function with as little interruption as possible, given the extraordinary circumstances. Continue Reading

Poland: First Proposal of Support Measures Due to COVID-19

Poland’s government has announced an economic stimulus package, valued at PLN212 billion, to assist entrepreneurs and employees amid the COVID-19 crisis. The package consists of five pillars:

• Employee safety
• Enterprise financing
• Financial system strengthening
• Healthcare protection
• Public investment

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Poland: Closing Commercial and Service Establishments at Commercial Facilities Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic Versus Rent at Large Commercial Facilities

On March 13, 2020, the Minister of Health issued the Regulation on Declaring the State of Epidemic Threat within the Republic of Poland whereby, as of March 14, 2020, the following business operations (at commercial facilities with a sales area of more than 2,000 square meters) were temporarily prohibited:

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Poland: Businesses in Difficulty due to the Pandemic – What Options Do They Have?

optionsThe coronavirus pandemic poses new risks and challenges for business at a scale unknown before. In order to assist businesses, the Polish government has announced that a PLN 212 bn ($53bn) stimulus package will be put in place. For a summary see our previous post. Start up of the aid package will take time, and the shape of further aid to come is as yet unknown. Thus entrepreneurs should consider what options are on the table at this moment.

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