Małgorzata Grzelak heads the Warsaw Labour & Employment team. Małgorzata’s practice focuses on labour, employment and immigration law, as well as related compliance, corporate and commercial issues. She advises clients in the production, commercial and service sectors, with a particular focus on advising IT/technology, shared services centres/BPO and medical technology/products companies.
Małgorzata focuses on top executives’ contracts, (re)structuring of labour and employment relations, implementing global and local rules and policies, immigration, employee transfers, secondments, compliance & investigations, and various corporate and contract law issues related to having employees in Poland. Małgorzata also advises clients on various aspects of occupational safety and workplace health. She counsels both local and international companies conducting business in Poland.
Compliance work forms a significant part of Małgorzata’s practice. She advises clients on the increasingly important data protection aspects of employment relations and on internal investigations processes, including bullying, harassment or white collar crime. In addition, her practice focuses on the protection of employers’ interests, including restrictive covenants and unfair competition actions. Małgorzata also advises clients on various aspects of occupational safety and health regulations.
She has served as counsel in numerous merger and acquisition transactions and restructuring processes, particularly focusing on employee takeovers and the legal aspects of remuneration systems and labour organisations.
She also advises on closing operations in Poland, including mass redundancies.
In 2022, Małgorzata launched the HR Space podcast series, where she discusses the recent Polish employment law developments helping clients deal with the many changes that the legal environment has seen happening in 2023. She also actively participates in global Labour & Employment Practice Group initiatives, sharing knowledge and providing thought leadership, which may be found at Global Knowledge Hub. In recent years, she was engaged in the COVID-19 response actions, as well as in assistance to both employers and employees amid the war in Ukraine.
Małgorzata has been continuously recommended for her employment work in The Legal 500 EMEA. Most recently, she has been recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 for Poland – Employment as a Leading Individual.