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Legal Developments in Poland

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  • Guernsey: new opportunities for Polish investors

    Since middle of May, a new act on LLP companies is in force in Guernsey, providing unique opportunities for tax planning.  
  • Bitcoin – rebellion against the banking system

    Creation of something out of nothing, based on nothing, guaranteed by no one, persuading people that this something is worth anything - we wonder how much longer it will last and how many people will be worse off because of it.
  • Revolution in liability towards companies under the statutory warranty

    New rules of statutory warranty bring longer deadlines and significantly alter the buyer's rights.
  • Can job’s applicant lie?

    An employee or job applicant has the right to refuse to provide certain information. For example, a woman doesn't have to admit she is expecting a baby. Neither does she need to reveal what her father or husband does.
  • Forms of conducting business activity in Poland

    Business activity in Poland may be conducted in forms similar to those found in other European countries. Available types of business activity include: 1.1 commercial companies comprising: 1.1.1 corporations (limited liability company and joint-stock company); 1.1.2 partnerships (general partnership, limited liability partnership, limited partnership, limited joint-stock partnership); 1.2 branch offices of a foreign company; 1.3 representative offices of a foreign company; 1.4 individual business activity (also as part of a civil partnership). Cooperatives, associations, foundations and cross-border vehicles such as the European Company, or the European Economic Interest Grouping, which may also be used in conducting business in Poland, are not covered by this study. Read the full study here , prepared at the request of Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ).
  • A new Restructuring Law on the way

    The Committee for Preparation of Amendments in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law, which was appointed by the Ministry of Justice, has recently prepared guidelines for the bill of a new restructuring law. It should be underlined that restructuring proceedings (often confused with bankruptcy proceedings) concern only entrepreneurs threatened with insolvency, but not yet insolvent, and the purpose of them is to make such entrepreneurs capable of conducting business activity.
  • Protection of economic copyrights in Poland

  • Proper and improper sponsorship under Polish Law

    Because it has never been clearly defined in any legal regulations, sponsorship can be classified in different ways from the tax point of view. 
  • Poland: Recent court judgments in Polish labour law

    On 1 March 2013, new regulations on the compensation due to employee on account of business travel entered into force, replacing two separate regulations which had applied so far to domestic and abroad business trips, respectively. They not only apply to employees of public sector entities, but also to those working for private sector entities, if those matters are not regulated in collective labour agreements or remuneration regulations.
  • Poland: Newsletter Labour Law

    With recent amendments to Poland's Labour Law, the minimum gross salary has been raised, the obligation to notify regional labour inspectors and competent sanitary inspectors of certain business-related activities and developments has been abolished, and a new equivalent factor for determining the payments due to employees for holidays unused in kind has been introduced. In addition, amendments have been proposed that would impact the length of maternity, parental and childcare leave, govern the use of flexible working hours, and prolong the maximum settlement period to 12 months. This survey provides an overview of these developments and the proposed amendments.