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June 25, 2008   
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More Support for Foreigners
A new law that grants assistance to a selected group of foreigners living in Poland took effect May 29. The law covers foreigners who do not qualify to be recognized as refugees, but cannot return to their home countries because they could face a death sentence, torture or other forms of inhuman treatment there.

Under the new law, these people are eligible for the same social programs in Poland as those available to refugees. Participants in these programs receive financial aid to cover the costs of living in Poland and learning Polish.

Against Domestic Violence
The Razem Lepiej (Better Together) Foundation has come up with a new proposal to prevent domestic violence. It wants the police to be able to order a suspected wife batterer, for example, to immediately leave their home. Such a temporary eviction would be valid for two weeks unless the court decided to either prolong or cancel the order.

Maritime Law Online
Those looking for information on maritime law should check out two English-language websites: www.un.org/depts/los/LEGISLATIONANDTREATIES and www.globaloceans.org. The former site, available under the auspices of the United Nations, focuses on maritime delimitation and the significance of customary law in the establishment of sea boundaries between states. Some of the most noteworthy subpages include the introduction, with explanations of the website contents, while the "countries" section contains links to countries divided according continents and geographical regions.

The other website is operated by the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, with the aim of raising awareness about seas in order to better protect the world's water resources.

Work Permit Rules to Be Relaxed
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has drafted a law to alter the rules according to which employers obtain permits to hire foreigners. The draft abolishes what are called employment pledges. Under certain circumstances, work permits would be issued for up to three years. No new permits would be needed anymore for foreigners changing jobs.

Warsaw Office for Spanish Law Firm
The Polish Business Roundtable Club hosted a cocktail party June 10 to mark the opening of Spanish law firm Uría Menédez's Warsaw office.

Uría Menédez will provide services in Poland by working through well-known local law firms. It will also offer its services to Polish enterprises that plan to launch operations in the Iberian Peninsula.

"For Uría Menédez it is an honor to be able to develop our Central and Eastern European practice from Poland and work together with the best Polish law firms," Agustín Redondo Aparicio, head of the Warsaw office, said.

"It is very exciting to be able to live in Warsaw during these years of intense growth of Poland, watching how Spanish and Portuguese companies, including some of our clients, contribute towards this development."

Uría Menédez has 15 offices in Spain, Portugal, Britain, Belgium, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Brazil.

Uría Menédez was established in the 1940s and has remained an independent company since that time.

The Polish Business Roundtable Club was established by the Polish Business Roundtable, an organization that supports the development of the Polish economy and facilitates meetings between Polish businesspeople.

Award for Polish Lawyers
Chajec, Don-Siemion & ¯yto Legal Advisors June 13 received the Best Law Firm 2008, M&A and Corporate Practice award for an independent Polish law firm. The awards ceremony, organized by the International Legal Alliance, was held in Paris and attracted the best independent law firms from more than 20 countries.
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