Labour Code amendment September 2019

The amendment to the Labour Code that came into force on 7 September 2019 introduced significant changes in employee rights. They are summarised below with information how they will affect the rights of employees and obligations of employers.

First penalty imposed on a public entity for GDPR infringement

The President of the Personal Data Protection Office imposed the first penalty for GDPR violation on a public entity – the Mayor of Aleksandrów Kujawski. The Mayor has to pay PLN40,000 fine and remedy the infringement within 60 days. The main reasons for this decision was failure to enter into data processing agreements and storage of certain data, including asset declarations, longer than is allowed under the law.

#madeinwroclaw 2019

#madeinwroclaw is an annual event bringing together Wrocław business leaders. This year (17 October 2019) three of our Clients delivered presentations at the Convention Centre of the Centennial Hall and many interesting thoughts were raised about the Wrocław IT market: is it already a “Silicone Valley”, what are its main challenges, what are its strengths. We've compiled the most interesting comments for you.

Split payment (SP) – the basics

Split payment (SP) mechanism may be used voluntarily already. It was to be compulsory for some goods and services as of 1 September 2019. However, on 9 August 2019 amended Act on Goods and Services Tax was adopted. It set a new effective date of the rules on the obligation to make payments using the split payment (SP) mechanism. The President signed the Act and the start date of obligatory split payment was postponed to 1 November 2019.

Board of Directors – role, characteristics, competences

It is to combine the functions of a management board and supervisory board and simplify the structure of bodies in a simple joint-stock company - in particular in relation to a "traditional" joint-stock company. How to appoint a board of directors? Who is the executive director and who is the non-executive director? What are their competences?

Criminal liability for document photocopy or scan?

The new Act on Public Documents stipulates criminal liability (up to 2 years of imprisonment) for production, offering, selling and storage with intent to sell of replicas of public documents (such as identity cards, driving licences, enforcement orders). Does it apply to photocopies of identity cards?

Employee alcohol testing and GDPR

Employers have no right to alcohol test their employees on their own, and that includes random testing – this is the position of the President of the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) in response to the amendment of the Labour Code that became effective on 4 May 2019.

Updated MoF methodology – due diligence in VAT transactions

Recently (April 2019), the Ministry of Finance published updated “Evaluation methodology for due diligence compliance by purchasers of goods in domestic transactions”. The document explains what MoF considers in their evaluation of “due diligence”, when you unwittingly participate in a transaction aimed at VAT fraud or abuse, to exclude or limit your liability.

Brexit and GDPR

Brexit is an event that will have not only a number of political and social effects, but also legal ones. Directly also applies to personal data controllers (ADO). If as an ADO you use the services of companies that store / process personal data in the United Kingdom, check whether your contract for entrusting personal data for processing can cope with Brexit.

What GDPR compliance means for my business?

Whether you’re manufacturing robots, offering consulting, creating events, or, as a matter of fact, conducting any business which you want to expand to the EU, you must’ve stumbled upon GDPR compliance. It may be confusing at first, especially if in your jurisdiction personal data protection is not a hot topic. Please read this post to understand what GDPR is and whether you need to take it under consideration.