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She received her Ph.D. in Law at the University of Gdańsk. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration, as well as of English at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Gdańsk. She is responsible for issues concerning the legality of employment of posted workers in the Labour Law Office of M. Rycak. Podgórska-Rakiel is a lecturer at the postgraduate Program in Labour Law and Social Security at Lazarski University in Warsaw. She is also a member of the National Commission of the NSZZ "Solidarność" Trade Union, and a permanent member of the ETUC Task Force on Posting in Brussels, where she has worked on the amendment of Directive 96/71/EC as a substitute member in the ETUC Fundamental Rights and Litigation Advisory Group.
Podgórska-Rakiel is a member of the Problem Solving Team of the International Issue Social Dialogue Council and a technical advisor of the national delegation to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Geneva session. She is the author of the NSZZ “Solidarność” Trade Union complaints to international institutions, such as the complaint to the ILO Freedom of Association Committee on limitations of the freedom of association of Polish workers under civil law contracts (Case No. 2888); complaint to the ILO (Case No. 3111) on the narrow definition of parties to a collective dispute, in particular the right to strike and excessive exclusion from this right of some civil service employees; complaint to the European Commission on the issues of fixed-term contracts (Case No. CHAP(2012)02800). All of those complaints were accepted as valid, recommendations were issued and relevant legal amendments are pending.
She has worked with the Monitor of Labour Law and Social Security INFOR (Monitor Prawa Pracy i Ubezpieczeń INFOR) where she has responded to questions regarding labour law. Furthermore, she is the author of numerous papers on labour law, with special focus on freedom of association, the right to strike, a social dialogue, protection of personal data in labour law, posted workers in general and in the context of international transport.