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Posted on Categories accident at work

Accident at work – and what’s next: The link between accident and work

In order for an incident to be considered an accident at work, it is necessary to establish its connection with work. In this respect, no serious doubt is raised with respect to an accident suffered by an employee in the performance of his or her duties. However, in some cases, the accident report refers to an accident that occurred in circumstances not directly related to the employee’s performance of his or her work, for example during a staff social event. To properly classify such accident, it is necessary to determine whether the event was work-related.

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Posted on Categories mobbing

Can differentiation in pay constitute mobbing?

The Labour Code defines mobbing in art. 943 § 1 as action or behaviour pertaining to or directed at an employee in the form of persistent and lengthy harassment or intimidation causing underestimation of professional usefulness or resulting in or intended to humiliate or mock an employee or to isolate or eliminate him or her from a team of co-workers.

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Posted on Categories litigation

Higher costs for reinstatement to work?

The costs of unlawfully dismissing an employee are already high. Reinstatement to work and the former employer’s obligation to pay an employee’s salary for the time when he/she was out of work or, alternatively, compensation, costs of a protracted court case before the labour court (in Poland the judgment in a court of first instance is issued approximately two years after the claim is filed) means that the employer’s defeat in a labour court may be particularly severe for the company (and its budget).

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Posted on Categories coronavirus

The Coronavirus has caused trouble with employee vacation leave

The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and restrictions that it has evoked has brutally forced employees to review their vacation leave plans. On one hand this was caused, among others, by the closing of borders and mandatory quarantine while, on the other, by the sudden decrease in demand for labour in certain sectors. The availability of certain employees (even remotely) has become imperative for further business, whereas remaining employees have faced the perspective of dismissal or at least mandatory leave. It should be noted that entities conducting business in sectors listed in Shield 4.0 as paramount in securing proper functioning of the state and satisfaction of certain day-to-day needs (including the energy sector) have been statutorily obligated to refuse granting leave (not only vacation leave) or to reschedule/recall them. 

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