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First contract, then work since 1 September


The amendment to the Labour Code, which enters into force on September 1 this year, assumes the end of the first day employment syndrome. The employer and every employee will be required to have a written contract or written confirmation of its terms – even before admitting the employee to work.


Award for the Polish Government for the “Family 500 plus” programme


On 12 August, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Elżbieta Rafalska, accepted the Award of the European Large Family Confederation (ELFAC) on behalf of the Polish Government in recognition of outstanding achievements in pro-family policy, in particular for the implementation of the “Family 500 plus” programme. The award ceremony took place during the 8th European Large Families Conference in Riga.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Argentina


Undersecretary of State, Elżbieta Bojanowska, met with Patricia Beatriz Salas, Ambassador of Argentina to Poland.


President signed the Act on the minimum hourly wage


The President signed the Act on the minimum hourly wage. Since 1 January 2017, the minimum hourly wage of more than PLN 12 will apply to people working on contracts of mandate and contracts for the provision of services.


Meeting with the Japanese delegation


Secretary of State, Stanisław Szwed, met with representatives of the Committee on Health, Labour and Welfare of the House of Representatives of the Japanese Parliament.


Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Employment and Social Policy


State Secretary Stanisław Szwed took part in an informal meeting of EU Ministers for Employment and Social Policy, which took place in Bratislava on 14-15 July 2016.



“500 plus” has already produced concrete results


“Investment in the family is the best investment,” said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the conference summarising three months of the “Family 500 plus” programme. “I am very proud, because the programme has already produced concrete results.”


Poland among top 10 EU countries with the lowest unemployment rate


In May, unemployment in the European Union amounted to 8.6 per cent – the Eurostat reports. It has been the lowest level since March 2009. Poland is in the top 10 countries with the lowest unemployment.


The Family 500 plus programme changes the lives of Poles


“The ‘Family 500 plus’ programme allows many families to really live on plus,” said Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the conference summing up three months of the programme.


Cooperation of the Ministry of Family with the World Bank


On 30 June, Minister Elżbieta Rafalska met with the World Bank team to discuss cooperation opportunities. The Bank delegation was lead by Arup Banerji, Country Director for Operational Engagement in the EU Member States. Secretary of State Stanisław Szwed also took part in the talks.

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