Polish Competition Protection Authority Cracks Down on Late Payments

During a webinar organized by Polityka Insight on April 15, 2020, the Polish Competition Protection Authority (UOKiK) Chair, Mr. Tomasz Chróstny, stressed that UOKiK will now pay particular attention to counteracting payment delays, relying on the powers vested in it by the Act of March 8, 2013 on Counteracting Excessive Delays in Commercial Transactions (formerly the Act on Payment Terms in Commercial Transactions) (the Act). Continue Reading

Poland: Shield 2.0 Tolls Bankruptcy Filings Deadlines, but It Does Not Support Enterprise Restructuring

Restructuring MazeOn April 9, 2020, the Polish Sejm (lower House of Parliament) passed the Act on special support instruments with regard to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease caused by it (the so-called Shield 2.0), featuring much anticipated changes to the deadlines for filing for bankruptcy. Continue Reading

COVID-19: Poland Announces Another Support Package For Business

In order to counteract the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic and the effects of economic slowdown, the Polish government has announced another PLN 100 billion (EUR 22 billion) support package for Polish business. The main goals of the program are supporting the liquidity of enterprises and maintenance of employment.

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COVID-19 and Employment Personal Data Processing in Poland – Q&A

Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding personal data processing in the context of employment which have not been explicitly addressed in the supervisory authority’s statement on data processing in light of the coronavirus pandemic (mentioned in our previous post). Our answers draw on core data protection rules, binding labour law provisions, Chief Labour Inspectorate guidance and the EDPB Chair statement. Continue Reading

Poland: Unclear Rules of Temporary Expiry of Lease Rights and Obligations at Retail Facilities of More Than 2,000 m2

The Polish draft law commonly referred to as the “Anti-Crisis Shield” (adopted by the Sejm last weekend) poses many questions in regard to lease relations between landlords and tenants at retail facilities of more than 2,000 m2. Firstly, due to its ambiguous wording, there are doubts whether it covers all retail facilities or only those offering retail space above 2,000 m2, and whether it covers all lease agreements in effect at such facilities or only those affected by the restrictions.

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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.

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