About

Ewa Podgórska-Rakiel, PhD

Ewa Podgórska-Rakiel Labour Law Counselling and Training is a business that was founded after many years of specializing in labour law, which has been my area of work since 2003. Currently, I lead the labour and employment law practice at Brief&Case Kancelaria Radców Prawnych Będźmirowski, Zinkiewicz i Partnerzy (law firm). In 2014, I obtained the title of PhD in legal studies, and am a lawyer and graduate of English studies.

In the area of my activity, I cooperate with recognized experts in labour law, criminal proceedings, copyright and media law, tax law and intellectual property law in order to be able to offer you a broad range of counseling and training services, both in Polish and in English languages. The corporate documents that my Team may prepare for you or audit for compliance with the legal regulations in force include, among other things: contracts, agreements, terms and conditions of work and payroll, corporate social benefit funds, collective labour agreements, anti-mobbing policies, data protection procedures and visual monitoring policies in a company.  

My area of interests also covers the EU labour law. I successfully prepared a complaint to the European Commission (no. CHAP(2012)02800), based on which the European Commission opened official proceedings against Poland concerning improper implementation of the Council Directive 1999/70/EC concerning the framework agreement on fixed-term work. The Labour Code amendment in this respect has been in force since 22 February 2016, and the effect was that thousands of fixed-term work contracts were converted into open-ended employment contracts after the lapse of 33 months in November 2018. On the EU level, I am also engaged in activities associated with the posting of workers. I participate in the European Commission’s Committee of Experts on Posting of Workers and am a member of the Working Subgroup on Implementation of the Directive (EU) 2018/957 concerning the posting of workers.  

An important area of my expertise is the collective labour law, which I interpret in accordance with the International Labour Organization standards. The ILO is an international organization with tripartite consultation being the basis of its operation since establishment in 1919. I attended numerous training courses organized by the ILO in Turin and Dublin, and since 2017, as a member of the Standards and Recommendations Committee, I have been attending annual Sessions of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. The Standards and Recommendations Committee participates in initial reviews of complaints on Member State governments concerning violations of the ILO Convention. With my professional experience, I specialize in the ILO complaint procedure. One of the complaints (case no. 2888, GB.313/INS/9, Geneva 15-30 March 2012) concerned limited freedoms of trade union coalition and scope of trade unionist protection in the Trade Union Law. The recommendations issued on the basis of the complaint obliged Poland to amend regulations by extending the right of association to individuals working under civil-law contracts and self-employed individuals, which was confirmed by the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland in a 2015 judgment (case K 1/13). The amended Trade Union Law entered into force on 1 January 2019.  

 

 I also cooperate as a permanent author with the Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. z o.o. publisher and the labour and insurance law journal Monitor Prawa Pracy i Ubezpieczeń published by Wydawnictwo INFOR. I am lecturer at the Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski University of Business and Administration in Gdyni (WSAiB) who is known as the largest and first private university in the Pomeranian.

 

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