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Notice period Poland (job termination) - does 'one month' equal to four weeks?

Tomkuehne 1 | -
10 Jan 2013 #1

Does by Polish labor law "One month notice" mean a calender month or four weeks?

e.g. If the resignation letter dates 15th of January, will I terminate my job on the 15th of February or at the end of February?
Zibi - | 336
10 Jan 2013 #2
Usually the notice becomes effective on the last day of the month, never mind when dated or filed. So in your case you would terminated your job at the and of February.
18 Jan 2017 #3

Quitting a job in Poland - Notice period

I've been working for a Polish company for under 6 months with a fixed period contract. According to the contract my notice period is 2 weeks. I wanted to resign today, so according to my calculations my last day of employment would be 31st of January. But the HR employee told me that notice period will start running at the beginning of the next month, and not in the moment I handle the resignation letter. This way my resignation would be effective in the middle of February instead of the end of January.

This is completely different in my home country and I have to say I don't see the point of it. I've asked around to a couple colleagues and they seem equally surprised. Do you guys know something about it?
18 Jan 2017 #4
If I were you I would go back to HR with a copy of your contract and show them what it says.
Ask her (I assume its a her) to show you where the conditions that she suggested are set out.
18 Mar 2019 #5

1 or 3 months period notice to resigning from a job in Poland?


I wonder when the change from 1 month to 3 month period notice happens exactly.

Let's say I started to work for a company on the 23th of May 2016. If I want to resign before having the current 1 month period notice changed to 3 months, when I have to communicate I am leaving? Any time before the 23th of May 2019 is okay, or it has to be before May (because we know that I will have to work the whole month of May)?

Thank you very much in advance.

Hithere - | 1
23 Mar 2019 #6
[Moved from]: When exactly the period notice (when leaving a job) is changed from 1 month to 3 months - Poland

I know that after 3 years working for the same company, the period notices changes from 1 month to 3 months. However I am not sure when exactly this change happens.

If, for instance, I started to work for a company on the 10th of May, 2016, if on the 9th of May 2019 I communicate that I am leaving, what period notice will be applied, 1 month or 3 months?

The point is that when I communicate it (in such example) not 3 years have passed yet, but more than 3 years will have passed if we take into account the day I leave, not the day I communicate that I leave.

Thank you in advance.
24 Jun 2019 #7
Hi. What happens if I quit the job without respecting the notice period? Thank you in advance for your answer.
cms neuf 1 | 1,742
24 Jun 2019 #8
There is not a lot they can do about it.

Don't expect a reference from them however - you signed a contract which you are now not respecting.

Better to explain to your boss that you would like to work a shorter period, say half of the notice period so that you can give him time to sort out a handover.

What quite a lot of Poles do is hand in their notice and then get a sick note if you ask them to work it, though that is happening less these days.
24 Jun 2019 #9
Here is a question I have to you guys. If you get in a fight with your boss or he starts ordering you around like you are his butch or something and you quit right on the spot, how would you do it? Or if he is being unreasonable and acting like a dictator not expecting any criticism or you doing anything that works better Han his ideas. Like how would you just deal with such a situation or quit without seeing his face for another two or more weeks?

Isn't it a lot harder to bribe doctors these days if you aren't actually sick?
terri 1 | 1,663
24 Jun 2019 #10
Go to Human resources and tell them. He may be like that with everyone. Then get a sick note for 2 weeks.
24 Jun 2019 #11
No I am already gone I was just pondering next time how to act in that situation because the way I did it was waited for him tog et rid of me and the termination period but there were numerous times I almost just never showed up the next day. He would literally freak out and text me on my free time or weekends or if I was a bit late coming in.
CuriosKid - | 1
17 Jul 2020 #12


Hello Forum!

I started working in Poland with a company on 01.12.2017. I am curious to know what would be my notice period if I decide to resign:

1. In August 2020.

2. In September 2020.

Thank you in advance for your answer.

P.S - I know the notice period is 3 months after employee is 3 years old in the company but I don't know how it is calculated.
pawian 222 | 23,514
17 Jul 2020 #13
I have never been involved in such issues at work but how about these two sites where you can find some explanation. If they are not enough, after googling Notice Period Poland, you will get more of them .

PS. You have been helped by a kind Polish teacher.

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