Infertility treatment using the in vitro method entails costs which, due to non-reimbursement by the National Health Fund, for many people constitutes an enormous expense, often impossible to cover with own funds. Although there are local government support programmes in some Polish cities, subsidies that can be obtained from them do not cover all costs and apply only to selected groups of people. Potential support for people facing the infertility problem can be an employer’s subsidy for IVF treatment.Continue reading “Co-financing of in vitro as an employee benefit”
Author: Joanna Dudek
Between the hammer and anvil: a forgotten institution in an employer’s crisis situation
The current socio-economic situation presents employers a huge challenge. On one hand, they confront inflationary increases that are necessary to retain employees. On the other hand, they struggle with rising prices and business costs. Depending on the industry, business instability and discrepancy between planned and actual profits are increasingly forcing businesses to conduct so-called collective redundancies. Is there an alternative for them to mitigate the effects of falling purchasing power and high business costs?Continue reading “Crisis management without lay-offs”
In 2019, the so-called Work-life Balance Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU) was adopted. This directive regulates in particular the minimum requirements for:
- Paternity, parental and carers’ leave;
- Flexible working arrangements for employees who are parents or carers.
Member States, including Poland, have in principle until 2 August 2022 to bring into force the provisions necessary to implement the Directive. A draft law implementing the directive in question appeared on the website of the Government Legislation Centre. It shows that the planned date for the amending regulations to enter into force is 1 August 2022. The bill has not yet been sent to the lower house, but it is worth taking a closer look at the expected changes and their direction.Continue reading “Work-life balance – an EU perspective”