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An employment contract should be concluded in writing.

In the case of foreigners, a written employment contract is particularly important - it is examined during employment legality inspections  - what is control of legality of a foreigner’s employment? -> 

  • With respect to foreigners who are required to have a work permit - the contract under which the performance of work in Poland is entrusted to them must be in writing. This is one of the conditions for recognition of their work as legal. 
  • In the case of foreigners working in Poland on the basis of a declaration of intention to entrust a job to a foreigner – the contracts must be concluded in writing. This is one of the conditions for recognition of their work as legal. 
  • In relation to foreigners for whom a work permit is not required – lack of a written contract of employment does not result in the recognition of their employment as illegal, although lack of written confirmation of the contract terms is an offense against the rights of employees (more information about the rights of employees is available here ->). In the case of entrusting such a foreigner with performance of work under civil law contracts – on the same principles as for Polish citizens - the written form is not required.
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