Should working time be calculated per contract or per employee? How to change regulations on work duty in the workplace and at home? Should the application of opt-out clauses be extended? Such questions were asked by Brussels to social partners as a part of the review procedure. This review may serve as a basis for future legislative changes. According to participants of a debate organized by “DGP”, from the Polish point of view the most important issues include a.o. regulations regarding the introduction of flexible working time and the fulfillment of duties in the medical sector.
– We should consider the meaning of working time. Does this notion refer solely to protective norms, or does it also extend to situations when an employee – due to his job duties – is unable to have his free time at his disposal and plan his private life? I am of the opinion that the first issue should be regulated by the directive, while the issues of maintaining readiness for work should be left for member states to decide – says Monika Gładoch, expert of Employers of Poland.
– Regulation is most often connected to restrictions. If we are determined to ensure labour market growth, XXI century law should not be a set of prohibitions complicating everyone’s life and as a result creating obstacles for the creating jobs and maintaining employment. Such a law would be dysfunctional – adds Gładoch.