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Law in brief
November 18, 2009   
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Work Contracts in a Foreign Language
Amendments to the law on the Polish language which came into force Oct. 15 give foreigners wishing to work for a Polish employer the right to have their employment contracts written in a foreign language. The same is true of other documents related to their employment, such as certificates of employment.

The language does not need to be the foreigner's native tongue. The only requirement is that the foreigner should have a good command of it.

Until recently, all employment contracts in Poland had to be written in Polish.

New Rights for Patients
The Health Ministry has drafted a regulation to redefine the rules governing the work of doctors' commissions appointed by the commissioner for patients' rights. Under the June 5 law on patients' rights and the commissioner for patients' rights, patients have the right to appeal against medical evaluations and certificates influencing their rights and duties.

An appeal has to be lodged within 30 days with a doctors' commission appointed by the commissioner to examine a case in question.

The commission's duty will be to examine the appeal and issue a decision on the basis of medical documentation provided by the patient and, in some cases, also on the basis of an examination performed on the patient if required by the commission chairman. The examination will have to be performed within 21 days of the appeal.

ZUS Going Online
The Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), Poland's public agency responsible for the provision of social security, plans to make a broad range of services available online by the end of 2012. The agency intends to launch a zl.100-plus million Electronic Services Platform project that will be 85-percent financed by the European Union.

ZUS customers-who include insured individuals, employers, pensioners and recipients of other benefits-will gain access to their data collected on ZUS accounts.

Customers will be able to send any application or insurance document to ZUS electronically. The platform will provide all ZUS forms and check if they have been filled out correctly. Customers will also be able to check online on the progress of their case.

A call center will be set up where customers will be able to ask ZUS for various services, such as certificates that they are not in arrears with their social insurance contributions, and obtain information about their ZUS accounts.

Medical Internships to Be Abolished
In a piece of legislation designed to change some of the regulations governing the medical profession, the government has proposed that medical internships be abolished and that the system of education at medical universities be modified to include more practical training.

The government says it will make sure the new regulations do not require additional spending from the budget.

REVISED Rules for Career Soldiers
The defense ministry has drafted a set of new regulations setting the rules for the appraisal of career soldiers by their superiors. The regulations give career soldiers the right to appeal against these appraisals and proposes that the scope of information provided in the appraisal form should be expanded to include information on the soldier's health, information on whether or not the soldier has a criminal record and his or her grade in a physical fitness test.
Copies of the appraisals would have to be given to the soldiers involved.

New Regulations for Investors
A thoroughly amended law on the trading of financial instruments came into force Sept. 21, almost a year after it was approved by parliament. The amendment had been examined by the Constitutional Tribunal.

The law is designed to stimulate the development of the Polish capital market, officials say. It embraces the provisions of EU directives on financial instrument markets and on the financial reliability of investment firms and lending institutions. The provisions are supposed to improve the functioning of sales mechanisms on the market, with an expanded list of financial instruments.
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