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Dr. Izabela Szczygielska

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Izabela Szczygielska is a counsel in the firm's Warsaw office. She focuses her practice on a full spectrum of issues connected with employment law, including legal individual and collective labour law, labour disputes involving individuals and collective redundancies, and negotiations with trade unions. She advises clients in developing internal policies and strategies, including review of internal documentation and adjusting it to Polish law, preparation of internal regulations and policies, including whistleblowing polices and anti-harassment procedures. Ms. Szczygielska also assists clients in M&A transactions in scope of employment matters, drafting documentation governing the employer-employee relationship, in particular employment contracts, documents terminating employment, managerial contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, collective bargaining agreements and other agreements with trade unions and works councils, regulations and internal policies, including employee bonus regulations.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Szczygielska was a head of the labour team in the Warsaw office of a reputable domestic law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Assistant professor (adiunkt) in the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University - teaching experience in Polish and European labour law, social insurance law (10.2011 – 9.2016);
  • Legal counselling for foreigners, „Forum Różnorodności” Foundation (06.2009 – 01.2010) - counselling on the matters related to legalisation of stay and work in the territory of Poland;
  • Specialist in the Legal Analysis Section in the Department of Assistance Programmes and Technical Assistance in the Ministry of Regional Development (11.2008 – 12.2009);
  • Teacher of social policy and social security systems, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University (2004-2009);
  • Specialist in Intersectoral Cooperation, Universitatis Varsoviensis Foundation (08.2007 – 03.2008);
  • Cooperation with Institute of Regional Development Foundation, advice in scope of social policy (08.2007);
  • Specialist in Intersectoral Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme, Country Office Poland (12.2006 – 07.2007);
  • Cooperation with the Institute of Structural Research, assistance in edition of research reports (10.2006 – 01.2007);
  • Internship in United Nations Organization, Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna (07 – 08.2003).

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation, “Criminal liability for cybercrimes,” Computerworld, 30.03.2017.
  • Presentation, “Practical difficulties in execution of claims connected with cybercrimes,” during a conference devoted to cybercrime matters, Think Tank, Warsaw, 18.02.2017.
  • A lecture on the policy of remuneration in the companies of State Treasury, MMC Polska, Warsaw, 22.06.2016.
  • A lecture on the liability of HR in the process of transfer of the employees in a capital group, MMC Polska, Warsaw, 22.05.2016.
  • A lecture on the practical aspects of group redundancies, MMC Polska, Warsaw, 31.03.2016.
  • Moderation of panel “Is it the end of labour law” during a conference “Work as a challenge for contemporary social policy,” Warsaw University, 19.11.2015.
  • A lecture on the unification of HR management in capital groups during a seminar on the HR management in capital groups, MMC Polska, Warsaw, 10.2015.
  • A lecture on the legal character of prejudicial decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Association of Labour Law, Warsaw, 5.05.2015.
  • I. Szczygielska, W trosce o jaką pracę? Kierunki reform polskiego prawa pracy na początku XXI wieku (Caring for what kind of work? Directions of Polish labour law reforms in the beginning of XXI century), in: Kwestia społeczna u progu XXI wieku. Księga jubileuszowa dla prof. Józefiny Hrynkiewicz, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw 2015.
  • I. Szczygielska, Nieobecność pracownika będąca podstawą rozwiązania umowy o pracę (Employee’s absence as a basis for termination of employment contract), in: „Kadry i Płace”, August 2013.
  • I. Szczygielska, Migracje zarobkowe kobiet i ich wpływ na funkcjonowanie rodzin (Economic migration of women and its influence on families’ functioning), Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw 2013 (2nd award for the best PhD thesis in scope of employment and social policy, granted by the Institute of Labour and Social Affairs, patronage of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy)
  • Agnieszka Fedor, Izabela Szczygielska, Outsourcing a BHP in: „Energia elektryczna”  January 2012;
  • A. Baranowska, M. Bober, M. Bukowski, I. Szczygielska (cooperation), Mobilność przestrzenna (Spacial mobility), in: Zatrudnienie w Polsce 2006. Produktywność dla pracy (Employment in Poland 2006. Productivity for work), Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, ed. M. Bukowski, Warsaw 2007.
  • Szczygielska I., System transformation and value changes, in: Democracie a občanství v Evropě, red. S. Murad, Informační Kancelář Rady Evropy v Praze, Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, České Budějovice 2006.
  • Szczygielska I., Fumarulo S., La vision de los encargados de aplicar la ley: analisis de una propuesta de reformas obtenida en seminarios realizados en Guatemala, Nigeria, Indonesia, Serbia y Montenegro, Ucraina y Republica Checa, in: La Delincuencia Organizada vol. II, ed. E. Buscaglia, S. Gonzalez-Ruiz, : Instituto Techonologico Autonomo de Mexico, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales, Mexico2005.
  • Szczygielska I., Kucharska R., Programy zwalczania bezrobocia młodzieży w Unii Europejskiej (Programmes of combatting unemployment of youth in the European Union), ISNS, Warsaw 2002.