The Social Policy and Family Commission of the Sejm has passed the government draft of an amendment to the Labour Code regarding fixed-term contracts of employment, after it had been worked on by the Labour Market Sub-commission. Employers still have objection to some solutions included therein, particularly the limits on the duration of contracts and short limits for trial contracts. At the same time, we are aware that regulations have to be adapted to EU law and abuses related to fixed-term contracts have to restricted.
Employers are also aware that such changes have to be introduced and are now getting ready for them to come into force, since they will surely constitute a revolution in fixed-term contracts. The draft involves:
It is worth pointing out that the draft includes conciliatory solutions in an attempt to reconcile the interests of employers and employees. The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy tried to strike a balance and considers the draft in its current form the best it could have come up with. However, the ministry does not rule out returning to the discussion on fixed-term contracts in the future, including discussing the proposition of a single contracts tying employee rights to work experience.
The amendment aims to stabilize employment based on fixed-term contracts which would be beneficial for employees. For this reason, it is striking that some opposition parliament members did not support it in the Social Policy and Family Commission and abstained from voting. Intriguingly, they voted in favour of the draft in the first reading. Could they now not want to support pro-employee solutions?
Wioletta Żukowska, expert of Employers of Poland