Employment contract for an indefinite period of time

A contract for an indefinite period of time is one of the most basic and common types of the employment contract in Poland.

A contract of that kind is distinguished by the fact that it does not indicate an exact date by which it is going to last and there are no contractual limitations on its duration.

Important practical aspects to remember about the employment contract for an indefinite period of time:

  • the duration of the contract is not limited in advance;
  • the contract may be terminated by notice by the employee or the employer, but the employer must indicate the reason(s) for termination (the employee has no such duty) and observe several other procedural requirements;
  • for these reasons a contract for an indefinite period of time is considered to provide broader protection from termination and greater stability of employment than other kinds of employment contracts;
  • due to the “default” character of the contract an employment contract without a clause on its duration is likely to be presumed, in light of the Supreme Court’s rulings, a contract for an indefinite period of time.

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