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March 4, 2009   
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Illegal Foreign Workers Found
Between July 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2008, the National Labor Inspectorate assessed more than 2,000 companies in Poland to check if foreigners were legally employed. One in ten companies were found to have foreigners working illegally, the most common transgression being a missing work permit required by law.The largest group of illegal foreign workers in Poland were Ukrainians, followed by immigrants from Vietnam, Russia and China. The illegal workers came from 47 countries.During the same period, the National Labor Inspectorate checked whether Polish workers were employed legally. The total of 37,000 inspections revealed irregularities and illegal employment involving 300,000 people.


Retirement to Be Postponed?
Retirement after 25 years in service instead of the present 15 is one of the key points in a draft bill prepared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration on retirement and pensions for the Polish uniformed services. If approved, the regulations will apply to police officers, firefighters, border guards and officers of the Internal Security Agency, the Central Anticorruption Bureau, the Intelligence Agency, the Military Counter Intelligence Service and the Government Protection Office who started their careers after Jan. 1, 1999.


Government to Help Pay Mortgages
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in the lower house of the parliament Feb. 19 that the government would offer help to the unemployed who are no longer able to pay their mortgages. For one year, mortgages for such people will be paid using resources from the Labor Fund, which according to Tusk will cost zl.300-400 million. Tusk also said that nearly zl.3 billion from the EU Human Capital program would be assigned this year to help the unemployed. He added the funds would be used to build a support network for people without jobs and those who might be laid off.


More Family Time for Workers Urged
Members of the European Parliament want employed people in the EU to have more time for their families. The parliamentary committee on women's right and gender equality has approved a draft resolution from the European Parliament containing suggested regulations which all EU member states should adopt. The draft resolution also recommends that the European Commission secure working conditions to enable EU citizens to reconcile their professional duties with parental responsibilities.

European deputies would like mothers to be able to take maternity leaves of up to one year. They have asked EU member states to make sure that those who put their careers on hold to raise children or look after senior citizens are entitled to return to their jobs and have access to promotion opportunities."A resolution like this is binding for neither the European Commission nor the member states," said Leszek Mikrus from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. "It does show, however, a direction that is desired and recommended by the European Parliament."


Poles Are Better Complainers
EU citizens are dissatisfied with the quality of energy services, banking services and municipal transportation, according to a report from the European Commission. The most worrying news is a growing number of consumers who encounter problems with their internet, telecommunications and postal service providers. Last year, 29 percent of Polish consumers complained about such problems, which was an 81-percent jump from two years earlier.The European Commission said it welcomes the fact that Polish citizens have been increasingly likely to file complaints when they feel their rights as consumers have been infringed.


Bank Nationalization Draft
The government has approved a draft law on "recapitalizing" some financial institutions. Under the draft, the Treasury will be able to provide guarantees to financial institutions in danger of losing liquidity or even take them over at market prices.

The draft applies to Polish banks and insurers, except for mutual insurance companies. Guarantees would be issued by the finance minister in consultation with the Polish Financial Supervision Authority and the central bank head.


Immigration Law Online
The www.ilw.com website is a new resource offering information and advice on immigration law. It has the appearance of a journal, since new items are added to it on an almost daily basis. It also offers a free mailing list service.

The portal, while geared towards American law, also provides information on other countries. It offers a rich collection of application forms concerning immigration procedures and explains how to obtain various visas and permits.

Along with news and information, the site provides a list of seminars on immigration law and books that can be ordered online. Also of interest are blogs written by American immigration law specialists that, for example, offered the views of each candidate in the last U.S. presidential election on immigration.
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