On the day of 1 June, 2018 President of Poland signed the act from the day of 10 May, 2018, which is to amend the act on amendment to the act on cash benefits from the social insurance in the event of disease and maternity as well as some other acts.

                Amendment to the act aims to extend the opportunity for issuing medical certificates of temporary incapacity for work in the previous (that is paper) form. In compliance with effective regulations, doctors, dentists, paramedics and senior paramedics may issue medical certificates of temporary incapacity for work due to disease, hospitalisation or necessity to take care of ill family member in the paper form only until the day of 30 June, 2018.

The act, however prolongs the period, throughout which traditional – paper doctor’s leaves shall be possibly issued – patients shall possibly receive traditional leaves until the day of 30 November, 2018.

Furthermore, the act shifts the term of repealing the regulation from the day of 1 July, 2018 into 1 December, 2018, based on which the President of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund makes a refund of costs related to manufacture and distribution of blanks of medical certificates of temporary incapacity for work to the Social Insurance Institution.

The act shall enter into force on expiry of 14 days from the date of notice.