An amendment to labour legislation will come into force today, bringing “flexitime” working rights to employees in Poland, writes the daily, highlighting the advantages of such contracts for employees with young children.

The flexible working hours amendment is welcomed by employers, who believe it will make firms more responsive to market conditions, and contested by trade unions, who fear that it will result in exploitation of employees, especially since the “settlement period” – the maximum length of time staff can be employed before they get the right to holiday benefits – has now been increased to 12 months.

According to Wojciech Konecki, head of the organisation of Polish domestic equipment manufacturers –

Long, but not necessarily 12-month settlement periods, will help avoid layoffs of skilled personnel.

The unions believe the the situation could be improve by allowing only collective labour agreements to use long settlement periods.