At Tuesday’s sitting, the Council of Ministers passed a project of a bill introducing social security premiums to order contracts in case of their accumulation to the value of the minimum wage and imposing premiums on the wages of supervisory board members. – This decision could be the first step towards the introduction of premiums to all civil contracts – warns expert of Employers of Poland Wioletta Żukowska.
Considering the latest propositions of the Minister of Finance and the plan for imposing premiums on contract for specified work, there is a risk that such a scenario could unfortunately become reality. The project passed by the government does not guarantee that the suggestions of imposing full premiums – that is, based on the whole salary – starting in 2017, made by the Ministry of Finance, will not be taken into consideration in the course of parliamentary works. On the other hand, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has already presented the concept of imposing obligatory pension premiums on contracts for specific work to social partners.
Imposing premiums on civil contracts will bring more income to FUS, but only initially. Long-term the situation of the Fund will not improve as the premium is returnable benefit and the state will have to at some point pay as much as it receives. Current government decisions are short sighted and will in no way improve the condition of the healthcare system.
Another issue is that the imposition of premiums on civil contracts will not solve the problem of abuses in implementing such employment forms. This decision will lead first of all to increased job costs, which will surely not encourage employers to use employment contracts and may even make them consider reducing employment.
Wioletta Żukowska, expert of Employers of Poland