• Topic of the issue: Season of low temperatures - selected issues
    The air temperature at the place of work is very important both in the context of the subjective thermal comfort of employees, as well as the quality and quantity of work performed, and in terms of the safety of its performance. Months of low temperatures oblige the employer to monitor working conditions in terms of ensuring minimum temperatures in rooms, as well as appropriate conditions when duties are performed in the open. Employers' obligations are not just a matter between the parties to an employment relationship. Their implementation may be subject to inspection by the National Labor Inspectorate.
  • The obligation to perform periodic examinations of employees will return
    The employers of the Republic of Poland applied to the Ministry of Health with an initiative to change the regulations on the obligation to perform periodic health and safety tests of employees. As the representatives of this organization point out, despite the improvement of the epidemic situation, many employees and employers still use the privilege of suspending the obligation to perform periodic examinations, deepening the backlog in the field of employee health and safety at work.
  • There will be changes in the regulations concerning electroplating processes
    In order to increase safety standards in enterprises representing the electroplating industry, the Ministry of Development and Technology has prepared a new draft of changes to the regulations on electroplating processes. The provisions of the new regulation will apply to employees employed in these entities and to employers who are responsible for organizing work allowing for the creation of safe working conditions.
  • What will (not) change after shortening the working time
    A draft law was submitted to the Sejm to reduce the weekly working time from 40 to 35 hours. The shortening of working time standards does not result in changes in the amount of remuneration, which means that it will not be lower than the one received so far. The project also does not provide for restrictions on the ways of organizing working time in the settlement period and enables the work system to be run in three eight-hour shifts. What is the purpose and need for the act? What are the consequences of changing the regulations?
  • Higher minimum wage in 2023 - what rates are affected by the change in its amount
    From January 2023, the amount of the minimum wage will increase. On September 13, the Council of Ministers adopted a regulation which shows that in 2023 the minimum wage will double.
  • New information obligations of the employer in the planned amendment to the Labor Code
    After the entry into force of the long-planned major amendment to the Labor Code, the scope of information that the employer must provide to the employee will change. The biggest changes await the so-called. information on employment conditions (which we must issue to each employee). There will be many extra points in it. But there will be much more new (or changed) information obligations.
  • Planning prevention in occupational risk step by step
    After carrying out the risk assessment, it is always necessary to analyze the possibility of improving working conditions and take preventive measures. If there is no idea what actions can be applied in a particular case, it is worth using the experience of others, seeing how others organized the work. Here are some tips and hints on how to plan and implement effective preventive measures.
  • Tasks of the health and safety service - a practical commentary
    Work in the OHS service is a profession with defined responsibilities by means of current legal regulations. People working in this industry have 22 tasks set out in the regulation on health and safety at work. The tasks are varied, some of them require knowledge of regulations, for other tasks employees use problem-solving skills. The article discusses all the duties along with examples of situations that may occur in the daily work of the OHS service.
  • Economical heating and comfortable working conditions
    Not always the minimum temperature indicated in the regulations is tantamount to ensuring comfortable working conditions. This is very important, because difficult working conditions have a significant impact on productivity and employee engagement. Currently, many employers are wondering how to save on heating their workplaces. What is the minimum temperature that the employer is obliged to provide in the workplace? What financial losses can excessive savings on heating bring? How can you protect the object from cooling down?
  • Does the employee's absence from work affect the amount of the equivalent for washing work clothes
    Is there a legal basis and is it reasonable to apply deductions from the equivalent paid for washing and repairing work clothes due to the employee's absence, even if it is a short absence, e.g. 3 days? Is it possible to set quarterly payment periods in the rules for paying the equivalent?
  • Obligations and rights of the employer in the event of an occupational disease of the employee
    The employee worked from 1984 to 2007 as a seamstress and a puncher. Then from 2010 to the present as a packer. The work consisted of placing individual packages with a very light product in a cardboard box and then sealing it. Last year, the employee received a medical certificate from the Voivodship Office of the Labor Inspectorate on the diagnosis of an occupational disease: chronic diseases of the musculoskeletal system caused by the way of performing work. What does this mean for our company as a current employer? Given your previous employment, did you become ill as a result of working for your current employer? What can an appeal against a WOMP decision give?

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