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Poland — President changes his mind on temporary employment legislation

28 January 2010

The Polish President Lech Kaczynski has indicated that he wishes to withdraw his support from legislation in force since 24 January 2010 on the employment of temporary staff, which allows employers to take on temporary employees within the six months period after permanent staff has been made redundant, Polish News Bulletin reports.

Although the President signed the act on 16 January 2010, he is now intending to ban the employment of temporary workers in such circumstances because the newly implemented legislation does not protect the interests of employees and encourages employers to replace permanent employees with workers provided by temporary employment agencies.

Instead, the President intends to make the hiring of temporary employees within six months after permanent staff has been made redundant illegal and subject to a fine.

Employer organisations do not agree with the President's arguments and suggest that the legislative proposal may be contrary to the European Union directive on temporary work.



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