Implementation of the Work-Life Balance Directives
20 March 2023
Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/UE (the "Work-Life Balance Directive") and Directive (EU) 2019/1152 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union (the "Stability of Work Directive") (jointly the "Directives") require EU Member States to introduce numerous labour law amendments into their local legal orders. On 9 March 2023, after a long proceeding of the bill, Polish Sejm adopted the final text of the Act on the amendment of the Labour Code and certain other acts, which implements the provisions of the Directives into the Polish legal order (the "Amendment"). The Amendment is now only awaiting the President's signature and publication in the Journal of Laws. The provisions of the Amendment will come into force 21 days after the date of publication.
Below we present a summary of the most important changes arising under the Amendment and their consequences for employers.