Iwona Michałek, Secretary of State at Ministry of Economic Development, Labour and Technology
She was appointed Secretary of State at the Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Technology. Previously, since 7 January 2020, she served as the Government Plenipotentiary for Social and Solidarity Economy raking as the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy. On 1 July 2019, she was appointed the Government Plenipotentiary for Supporting the Educational Function of the School.
She was born on 13 March 1956 in Szczecin. In 1981 she graduated in environmental biology at the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, as well as post-graduate studies in environmental protection (1989) and management (1999). During the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, she received the title of honorary ambassador of the University.
She worked as a biology and environment teacher in rural and urban schools. She was professionally associated with the Education Office in Kujawsko-Pomorskie for 10 years, where she held the function of a school inspection officer and performed the duties of the chief education officer.
She was also the head of the Management, Diagnostics and Character Education at the Centre for Teacher Education in Toruń. She has been the Student Ombudsman for 5 years. Between 2010-2012, she was the manager of an EU systemic project “The key to learning – support program for teachers from Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.” She was an educator in the area of respecting the rights of pupils and children and the regional coordinator for tolerance education in the Centre for Education Development
Her hobbies include sports and travelling. She is a motorcyclist.
We are pleased to invite you to our on-line AmCham Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, November 4th, from 9:00 a.m. Our guest speaker will be the newly appointed Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development, Labor and Technology, Ms. Iwona Michałek. AmCham Chairman, Tony Housh will lead the discussion focused on the current priorities of the Ministry and topics important to foreign investors in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to talk to Minister Michałek about the current situation on the labor market and the changes to the Polish Labour Law aiming to extend provisions on remote work.
The future of the social security system in Poland is also a very important topic for AmCham member companies. There are signals that the idea of abolishing the limit under which the obligation to pay social security contributions is lifted (so called "ZUS cap") is coming back. AmCham is against the abolition of the upper limit for social security contributions since it will impact labor costs and attractiveness of Poland as an investment destination. We would like to address our concerns with Minister Michałek.
Moreover, during the meeting, we would like to discuss how to keep the Polish market attractive for foreign investors in response to the impact of COVID-19 and underline the need for a bigger focus on large enterprises, increase job support aid and not imposing new fiscal burdens.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 4th, from 9:00 a.m. All registrants will receive an access link after the registration closes.