Since 24 June 2020, the Act introducing further forms of support for entrepreneurs affected by the negative effects of COVID-19 has been in force.
4.0 Shield principles:
- clarification of provisions relating to remote working;
- right for the employer to grant unilaterally 30 days of unused leave (during the epidemic);
- extension, until 28 June 2020, of the additional care allowance for parents of children under 8 years old;
- legitimacy for the Council of Ministers to further extend the period of the care allowance for parents of children under 8 years old in the form of a regulation;
- in the case of a percentage decrease in turnover or an increase in wage costs in relation to revenues within the meaning of the Act, the employer has the possibility to:
- shorten daily and weekly rest, introduce equivalent working time and a 12-month settlement period,
- reduce working hours by 20 %, but not more than to half-time, provided that the salary cannot be lower than the minimum wage,
- introduce economic stoppage, provided that the employee will receive a reduced salary of not more than 50% and not less than the minimum wage,
- limit the amount of severance pay and other benefits on account of termination of employment to 10 times the minimum wage,
- suspend the obligation to set up the Company’s Social Benefits Fund (ZFŚS) and make deductions and the obligation to pay holiday benefits,
- possibility to apply for co-financing from the Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund (FGŚP) also in case when no economic stoppage or reduced working time was introduced and, at the same time, there was a decrease in turnover specified in the Act;
- possibility to terminate non-competition agreements within 7 days;
- interest rate subsidies for credits for companies in difficulty caused by COVID-19;
- possibility to benefit from a deferred payment of credit (wakacje kredytowe);
- micro-loans with interest may be remitted under certain conditions;
- controls of the supervisory authorities may be carried out remotely–with the consent of the entrepreneur.
Act of 19 June 2020 on interest rate subsidies for bank credits granted to entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19 and on simplified procedure for approval of the arrangement in connection with COVID 19 (Journal of Laws, item 1086).