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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:29 am    Post subject: Zero-Hours Contracts Reply with quote

' Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work. They mean employees work only when they are needed by employers, often at short notice. Their pay depends on how many hours they work.'
Source BBC.com
Many countries in Europe are moving or have moved to make such contracts illegal.
Is Poland going to follow suit? Just about every school out there offers such contracts. They are exploitative.
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sparks



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting...

I suppose they could just offer part-time contracts and then pay a per-hour rate for anything over, but then there would be minimum part-time hours probably something like 2/week.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:35 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

There really is no difference between zero hours and making you invoice a school other than the fact that you can claim expenses back from the tax man.
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sparks



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, but I was wondering how it could play out, from a legal stand point. I don't think it could be changed with the starting a dzialnosc thing. If you "do work" with your "business" they don't legally owe you anything except what you put on your faktura. Some people I know, though actually have visas and work for schools that way. I wonder if they would be entitled to some sort of minimum salary.
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Master Shake



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very relevant topic for a thread, dp. Would you mind sharing the link to the BBC article?

I think sparks has gotten to the root of the problem: If a school sponsors you for a visa and acts as your primary employer, then they shouldn't be allowed to put you on a zero-hour contract. It's just unethical and could lead to all sorts of problems, including illegal immigration.

Now, if you come to Poland and start a dzialnosc you're essentially acting as your own primary employer. It doesn't make sense for a school to commit to employing you for a set number of hours per semester. You're a freelancer and should be able to work for whoever you want, provided you're doing the kind of work your company is set up for.

However, for non-EU citizens Polish immigration requires you to have a primary employer in order to get a visa even if your operating a dzialnosc. It's just nuts.
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Infinite



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the 10th I read an article about laws being passed which would force employers to pay for travel time... .. . things that make you go hm.
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