Types of the employment contract

Under Polish Labour Code several types of the employment contracts are available. They are:

  • a contract for a trial period;
  • a contract for an indefinite period of time;
  • a contract for a fixed period of time;
  • a contract for a period to perform a specific task;
  • a replacement contract.

Generally, the employer and the employee are free to choose the type of the employment contract to govern their mutual relationship (subject to certain statutory limitations, e.g. a contract for a trial period may be concluded only once with the same employee; a replacement contract is essentially concluded for a period covering another employee’s justified absence from work). However, on entering into the employment contract the parties need to bear in mind that the type of their choice may determine the procedure for terminating employment as well as influence their mutual rights and obligations.

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