Contrary to comments on the draft of amendments to the Labour Code presented by PO members of the parliament, it does not mean a return to working Saturdays. – The amendment only involves financial compensation for work on Saturday – if there is no possibility to grant a day off or at the request of the employee – reminds expert of Employers of Poland Wioletta Żukowska.
The rules of work on Saturday will remain unchanged – the only modification pertains to the manner of compensation. The project is not intended to weaken the position of employees. It is, however, an answer to the needs of those who would prefer to be paid for work on Saturday rather than be compensated with a day off.
One cannot accept the argument that employers will force employees to appeal for financial compensation for work on Saturdays – it would be an additional cost.
It is also worth keeping in mind that the Labour Code guarantees protection norms regarding weekly and daily rest, as well as an annual overtime limit – the amendment will not change that. Employers have some causes for slight concern as there are no restrictions on the right to appeal for financial compensation, which could generate costs.
Employers of Poland support the objective of this amendment, which is to make the rules of compensation for work on Saturdays more flexible, However, in our opinion the project needs to be specified in the course of the legislative procedure so that it does not cause ambiguities in interpretation and accusations of a return to working Saturdays – as the intentions of the legislators were certainly different.
expert of Employers of Poland