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Poland

Extension of the entitlement of fathers to child birth related leaves; In the case of self-employed persons changing  the the prerequisites to receive chid related benefits

State of affairs 01 January 2014

Date: 23 November 2014. Topics
A medical statement on total incapacity for work or incapacity for self-care issued after a given person has been elected to hold the office of the mayor of a village/town/city is consistent with the Constitution
The assumption that HIV carriers, or persons suffering from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or chronic hepatitis, are incapable of service with the police or the National Fire Service, regardless of their position and state of health, is inconsistent with the Constitution. other – health condition/illness (disability)
Date: 14 February 2014. Topics
Polish Council of Ministers adopted first National Program of Activities for Equal Treatment (for the years 2013-2016) prepared by the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment
Date: 17 January 2014. Topics
Three draft laws, all three different but all three aiming at legislating civil union (including union of same sex partners) were rejected by the Polish Parliament in “first reading” and therefore will not be further proceeded
Ratification of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Date: 20 December 2012. Topics
New law on equal treatment – ‘Act on the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the European Union in the Field of Equal Treatment’ – that entered into force on January 1st, 2011 designates Ombud institution (Commissioner for Civil Rights) as an equality body. However Ombud was not given adequate competences by law and lack resources to fulfil existing competences.
The UN Human Rights Committee reviewed the 6th periodic report on Poland and adopted its Concluding Observations on 26 October 2010, including a number of recommendations regarding counteracting discrimination.
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
The Sejm - lower house of Parliament -, enacted a new ‘Act on the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the European Union in the Field of Equal Treatment’. It may finally lead to the full implementation of the Directives 2000/43 and 2000/78. However it also raises a number of concerns especially expressed by the civil society. The adoption procedure is not yet finished and the Act will now be debated by the Senate (higher house of the Parliament).
Does “de facto marital relationships” (konkubinat) relates only to partners of different sex or also to partners of same sex? Does denial of the right to succeed to a tenancy after the death of same sex partner constitutes discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation?
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
Does the lack of factual access to ethics classes in Polish schools constitute a violation by the authorities of the right to cultivate religion beliefs and is it of discriminatory character? Does absence of a mark for “religion/ethics” on school amount to a form of unwarranted stigmatisation of the pupil?
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
Consecutive version of “the draft law on implementation of certain provisions of European Union in the field of equal treatment” – a consecutive chance for filling the gaps in the implementation of EC directives.
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
Whether reaching retirement age may be a sole reason for termination of the labour contract
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
Unfair dismissal in employment - indirect discrimination
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
European Anti-Discrimination Law Review Issue No. 8 | July 2009
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
European Anti-Discrimination Law Review Issue No. 8 | July 2009
European Anti-Discrimination Law Review Issue No. 8 | July 2009
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
European Anti-Discrimination Law Review Issue No. 8 | July 2009
Date: 11 February 2011. Topics
European Anti-Discrimination Law Review Issue No. 6/7 | October 2008

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