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December 19, 2007   
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Salans Moves Office

The Warsaw office of the international law firm Salans changed location Nov. 5. After eight years in the Warsaw Financial Center, the firm moved to Rondo 1, a class-A+ office building at the Rondo ONZ traffic circle in the city center.

This is the third time the firm has moved during its 16 years in Poland. Salans started in early 1991 in a modest office on Szucha Avenue, where a few pioneering employees laid the foundations for what is now one of the biggest law firms in Poland. Throughout the years Salans has grown in terms of staff and clients, experience gained and-in consequence-cases brought to a successful conclusion. Currently, more than 80 lawyers provide a range of legal and tax advice in all areas of law. They work closely with colleagues from the other 17 Salans offices worldwide on a client-by-client basis.

Following dynamic growth, Salans has increased the space and raised the standards of its Warsaw office. They now have over 2,800 square meters of office space on the 30th and 31st floors of a 40-story skyscraper with modernistic architecture. CB Richard Ellis advised Salans on the selection of the new office space.


New Rules on Employing Foreigners

From the beginning of next year new rules will apply to Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians employed in Poland. The labor ministry is changing rules dating to April 20, 2004 regarding employment of foreigners without the requirement to seek work permits. Now employers will be able to legally employ people who are citizens of countries bordering Poland for a period not exceeding six months within a continuous 12-month period. Only one condition has to be met: foreigners must obtain a declaration from the employer about the intention to employ them, validated by the county employment office appropriate for the employer's place of residence or business.

The same procedure will apply to citizens of non-EU countries bordering on Poland who have a residency permit for a specified period or an entry visa valid for more than six months within a 12-month period, and who also want to work for another employer.

The proposed changes will mean that it will be easier for farmers, fruit growers or businesses to employ foreign workers for short periods.


Nurse's Mistake Costs zl.700,000

An appeals court in Katowice Nov. 27 awarded zl.700,000 compensation to a boy who has been paralyzed for the last five years due to a error by staff at the Upper Silesian Child and Mother Health Center in Katowice. This is the highest amount of compensation awarded in Poland for a medical mistake. The boy, Piotr Soszka, is also to receive a zl.1,900 monthly pension and nearly zl.20,000 in damages.

In March 2002 the then four-year-old boy underwent an operation to correct his abnormally located bladder. He was then transferred to emergency care. There nurses connected the wrong drip and 1.5 l of intravenous nutritional fluid was pumped into his spine instead of his vein. The child was paralyzed as a result.

Explaining the reasons for the court's decision, Judge Lucyna ¦widerska-Pilis said that no amount of money, even such a high sum, could compensate for the damage done to the child. She said that the court in making its judgment took into account that the boy will have to rely on his family for support for the rest of his life. The compensation and other damages will be paid by the hospital and its insurer.
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