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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-34/2806 – measures in Poland

Financial support for workers affected by sanctions

Świadczenia dla pracowników firm dotkniętych sankcjami

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 August 2022
Context War in Ukraine, Cost of Living Crisis
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 06 September 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)

Background information

The aim of the measure is to ensure income continuity and continuity of providing services by companies sanctioned for their involvement with the Russian government. Whilst the sanctions aim to prevent the ability to financially support the Russian regime, the support for workers helps the domestic customer not to lose access to the services provided by a company.

Legal reference: Ustawa z dnia 5 sierpnia 2022 r. o zmianie ustawy o szczególnych rozwiązaniach w zakresie przeciwdziałania wspieraniu agresji na Ukrainę oraz służących ochronie bezpieczeństwa narodowego oraz ustawy o Krajowej Administracji Skarbowej.

Content of measure

Eligibility criteria: Workers employed by the companies which are on the Ministry of the Interior list of companies supporting the Russian regime (i.e. companies sanctioned by the Polish government). Only workers who did not receive their agreed remuneration are eligible to receive the money from the Fund (FGŚP - Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund).

Scale of support per person: Financial support can amount maximum to three months of remuneration, with the monthly remuneration reimbursement capped at average wage from the previous quarter.

The total scale of support cannot be estimated now, as the Fund is used for other types of financial aid too.

Use of measure

No data to report now.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions



  • 16 August 2022: article on financial support for workers affected by sanctions (
  • 17 August 2022: Bill ratifying the financial support for employees of sanctioned companies (


Eurofound (2022), Financial support for workers affected by sanctions, measure PL-2022-34/2806 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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