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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-3/1876 Updated – measures in Poland

Artists with civil law contracts can claim work stoppage allowance

Artyści na umowach cywilnoprawnych mogą wnioskować o świadczenie postojowe

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 January 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 15 April 2021 (updated 12 August 2021)

Background information

In Line with the Financial Shield 6.0 scheme, from 15 January onwards, persons performing civil law contracts (e.g. commission, work) gained the right to a one-time additional work stoppage allowance. These are contracts concluded until 15 December 2020. Creators, artists, technicians supporting culture, architects and persons who provide services to museums (within the scope of extracurricular forms of education and museum guides) will benefit from the work stoppage allowance.

The application must be submitted within 3 months of the month in which the state of pandemic is over.

Content of measure

In order to claim the stoppage allowance, those belonging to the target group have to meet specific conditions. Income from a civil law contract in the month before the one in which the application for a one-time additional work stoppage allowance is submitted cannot exceed 300% of the average monthly remuneration from the previous quarter. The amount of the benefit is PLN 2,080 (some €460). However, if the sum of income from civil law contracts in the month preceding the month in which the application is submitted is up to PLN 1,299.99 (approximately €290), social security will pay the benefit only in the amount of the actually reported income.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

03 August 2021

As of early August, the government is planning to update the regulation, so that those who already claimed the benefit will be able to apply for it once more. The core of the regulation will stay the same, that is, this is going to be one-time benefit.

Use of measure

No official data released yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions

Not known involvement.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 15 January 2021: Artists with civil law contracts can claim parking allowance (Artyści na umowach cywilnoprawnych mogą wnioskować o świadczenie postojowe) (


Eurofound (2021), Artists with civil law contracts can claim work stoppage allowance, measure PL-2021-3/1876 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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