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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-40/2048 – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 27 September 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||13 October 2021 (updated 28 January 2022)|
Wage subsidies as one of the anti-crisis shield measures have been generally well received and assessed by the business community. However, some conditions on using that particular form of aid are regarded as too strict. For example, if a company has laid off even a single employee while receiving wage subsidies from the anti-crisis shield, all aid must be returned in full amount.
According to the planned amendment to the anti-crisis regulations, companies in such position will be obliged to return the funds received for the employee's position, not all of the aid awarded for all employees. The company will not have to give back all the subsidies, if it turns out that individual subsidies were paid to unauthorized persons (e.g. to an employee on maternity leave). Furthermore, in case the company in such position has already given all the money received for wage subsidies back, it will have a right to claim it back, only reduced by the amount unjustly granted for ineligible employees. The draft legislation was presented in late September. Currently, they are subject to public consultations, after which they are likely to proceed further in parliament.
To be seen, once the proposed regulations are adopted.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement so far, social partners may get involved at further stages of proceedings.
No views of social partners recorded just yet.
Eurofound (2021), Relaxed restrictions regarding aid granted under anti-crisis shields, measure PL-2021-40/2048 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2021-40_2048.html
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