Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Spain as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Spain: Modification of breastfeeding leave

Article 37 …

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Spain: Poor take-up of menstrual leave

Eleven months after Spain became the first country in Europe to introduce statutory menstruation leave, the take up has been found to be very modest …

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Spain: Automatic dismissal due to permanent disability abolished

The government has approved the reform of Article 49 …

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Spain: Promised reforms have still not materialized

Although the government announced at the start of the year its intention to increase maternity and paternity leave from 16 weeks to 20 weeks for each parent by this August, no legislation has yet been enacted to introduce the change …

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Spain: Dress codes

The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that the company Sicor Seguridad El Corte Ingles is entitled to require security personnel to wear ties during Summer months, provided that they are employed in air conditioned environments …

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Spain: Family friendly rights

At the end of February 2024, a further eight week right to parental leave for both mothers and fathers with children under eight was introduced …

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Spain: Recovery of overpaid salary

If an employer overpays an employee by mistake, they may normally recover this shortly afterwards …

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Spain: Job protection being forced too far

Dismissal rules in Spain are already a huge disincentive to companies hiring there on a permanent basis …

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Spain: Courtesy margin at start of day is working time

The Spanish Supreme Court has determined that arrival and breakfast time – up to 15 minutes at the start of a day – is working time …

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Spain: Sustainable mobility-to-work

In Spain, on a typical working day, there are some 37 million trips to and from work …

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Spain: Sick leave rockets across the country (2023)

Last year, there were 450 sick leave days per 1,000 employees …

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Spain: Earnings floor set to rise (2024)

Between 2018 and 2023 the minimum wage rose 47% from €735 (US$800) to €1,080 (US$1,176) per month …

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Spain: Changes to unemployment benefit rules

The majority of those taking up the benefit are women and over-55s and the highest concentration of recipients are in four autonomous communities: Andalusia, Valencia, Madrid and Catalonia …

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Spain: Confusion as Spain introduces half its obligation in respect to parental leave

New rights have been established through modifications to the Workers Statute and Family Law …

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Spain: Declaration of dismissals null and void

There is so much employee protection in Spain it is hard to envisage that there is room for any further safeguards …

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