Control of the State Labour Inspectorate and temporary work

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State Labour Inspectorate duties:

  • Monitor and enforce labor laws, especially regarding safety at work.
  • Check compliance with work contracts, pay, benefits, working hours, holidays, rights of parents, employing minors, and people with disabilities.
  • Oversee the work of temporary workers.

Temporary Employment Agencies:

  • They’re regulated by labor inspectors.
  • They manage workers who are temporarily employed by other companies.

Rules for temporary workers:

  • They can’t do extremely dangerous jobs.
  • They can’t take the place of employees on strike.
  • They can’t use weapons or electric tools without a permit.
  • Typically, they handle seasonal or short-term tasks. The inspectorate checks that this is being followed properly.

Employment agreements:

  • Employment agencies and the company hiring the temporary worker must have a written agreement about the job details.
  • The hiring company must inform the agency about the job’s safety conditions.

Safety & Health:

  • The hiring company is responsible for ensuring safe working conditions for temporary workers.
  • Inspectors check if temporary workers have valid medical certificates and safety training.
  • The hiring company should provide appropriate work clothing and safety gear, as per Polish standards.

Inspectorate’s control:

  • Both the employment agencies and the companies hiring temporary workers must follow the law.
  • Inspectors ensure that both the agency and the hiring company respect the rights of temporary workers.
  • A worker can be placed in a temporary role for a max of 18 months within a 3-year period.

Inspection process:

  • Inspections can target the agency or the hiring company.
  • They must cooperate with the inspectors and provide necessary documents.
  • Inspectors can enter any facility freely and request relevant documents.

Inspection results:

  • If there are issues found during the inspection, a report will be made.
  • Problems might include issues with contracts, safety, pay, holidays, medical checks, and more.

Legal basis:

  • The rules come from the “Act of 9 July 2003 on the employment of temporary workers.”
  • This Act lays out the responsibilities of both the employment agency and the hiring company. If the Act doesn’t cover something, then the general labor laws apply.
  • One main duty of the hiring company is to ensure a safe work environment, which includes providing appropriate attire and safety equipment.
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