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Fixed-Term Employment Agreements

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Raczkowski largest boutique firm focusing on HR law.
Update on Polish law on fixed-term employment agreement

Concluding a fixed-term employment agreement for a period unsubstantiated by a business reason may constitute a breach of the law. This is the case for instance when a fixed-term contract is made for a very long period of time, the employer has no intention to actually continue employment throughout its entire term and the conclusion of such agreement is only aimed at providing an easier way to dismiss the employee. Dismissing an employee with a fixed-term employment agreement is not subject to various restrictions applicable to permanent contracts. In such case, the fixed-term employment agreement may be found to be an agreement for indefinite period of time. This is the conclusion from the ruling of the Supreme Court of 25 February 2009 (II PK 186/08).