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Legal solutions launched to fight the COVID-19 epidemic affect all spheres of life, including the business activities of enterprises.

 

Below we inform you about the current changes, the special legislation adopted in Poland, the on-going solutions to regulate the work of public institutions and the restrictions on the mobility of employees. We also suggest the possible ways to help enterprises operate efficiently in these dynamic circumstances. Particular challenges are faced by public security and healthcare units and employers who must take decisions to ensure the well-being of their employees and at the same time comply with the Labour Code.​

 

 

 

last publication date: June 2020

 

 

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Bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic – 2020 summary

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Transfer pricing in the context of pandemic – OECD Guidance

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How to account for PDF subsidies, or what you should remember if you’re a beneficiary

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Implementation of a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 – legal analysis

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MDR – new reporting deadlines during the epidemic

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Consumer protection – will maximum prices be introduced?

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The anti-crisis shield: can a branch office of a foreign enterprise apply for subsidies?

The anti-crisis shield introduced by the Polish government on 31 March 2020 does not specify in detail which entities are eligible for the aid provided for in the act. More »

Coronavirus: be careful about accepting penalty notices

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Anti-crisis shield 2.0 and the threat of insolvency – new instrument of financial support for businesses 

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Dematerialisation of shares independently of coronavirus

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Anti-crisis shield and the RES sector

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Anti-crisis shield – Q&A

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COVID-19 threatens also data security

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Anti-crisis shield – support for tenants in shopping centres

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Anti-crisis package for PIT, CIT and VAT

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Coronavirus: postponement of deadline for payment of social insurance contributions

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Medical check-ups and OSH training in the context of coronavirus

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Anti-crisis shield in the context of labour law

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Processing data in the context of a pandemic

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Components of the Polish aid package

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State of epidemic emergency – what it means for employers

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Amendment to the special act on coronavirus – the Senate’s bill in the context of personal data protection

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Coronavirus vs employers – guidelines of Poland’s National Labour Inspectorate

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Protection package for enterprises due to coronavirus

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