Recent news

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

Spain: Reducing the gender pay gap

A new pensions supplement, aimed mainly at women, has just been introduced to reduce the gender pensions gap …

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Spain: Banking deal

The 24th Banking Collective agreement covering the period from 2019 to 2023 has just been signed by the Spanish Banking Association (AEB) …

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Spain: Lidl will raise the salary of its workers by 5% at least after reaching an agreement with the unions

After over nine months of heated negotiation, strike threats and mediation food retailer Lidl in Spain has finally reached a collective agreement with unions CCOO and UGT covering the years 2020 to 2021 …

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Spain: Minimum wage freeze in 2021

Although the coalition government agreed at the start of 2020 to increase the basic minimum wage to €1,200 (US$1,452) a month by 2023, the Pandemic and its impact on the economy has made the government think again …

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Spain: Government to extend Temporary Lay-off Plans to May 2021

The government’s Temporary Layoff Plan (ERTE) has now been extended, largely unchanged, from 1st February to 31st May 2021 …

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Spain: Entry regulations

Visitors must now have a negative PCR coronavirus test certificate and not a certificate based on a rapid antigen test …

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Spain: Labor Inspectorate forces Amazon to give 4,000 freelancers work contracts

We have long held that Spain offers the least attractive legal environment in the EU for utilising the services of employees and contractors …

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Spain: New regulations on equality plans and equal pay between men and women

From 14th April 2021, employers will have to fall in line with the newly enacted Royal Decree 902/2020 on equal pay between men and women …

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Spain: CaixaBank-Bankia merger

Two of the largest banks in Spain are planning to merge in order to slash their workforces in the face of the prolonged pandemic …

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Spain: The National Court declares null the salary cuts applied by Liberbank to its staff

The Social Chamber of the National High Court has decided that the unilateral salary changes carried out Liberbank before the health emergency, and proposed progressively to be introduced over the period until the end of 2022, are null and void …

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Spain: Royal Decree law 8/2020 extended until “when necessary”

Although Royal Decree law 8/2020 was due to end on 22nd September, it has been extended until “when necessary” due to the health emergency …

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Spain: Platform workers

The Supreme Court has finally ruled on the employment status of digital “platform workers” …

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Spain: Statutory compensation for unfair dismissal

Barcelona‘s 26th Court has found that an Argentinian employee hired to work in Spain by an office leasing company, and dismissed for reasons of “restructuring” after 7 months service, should not receive their statutory compensation (under Art 56 of the Workers’ Statute) of €4,219 (US$4,968) for unfair dismissal, but €60,000 (US$70,646) instead …

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Spain: Coronavirus force majeure support scheme

Although the coronavirus force majeure support scheme (ERTE) was due to end on 30th September 2020, it has now been generally agreed by the government and both sides of industry to extend it until 31st January 2021 …

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Spain: Hourly labour cost during the pandemic

The reduction of the working day over the course of the pandemic has had the curious effect of increasing the cost per hour worked in Spain by 8 …

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