Recent news

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

Spain: 1,800 Catalonia-based companies to move headquarters

The uncertainty arising from the political situation in Spain has led more than 1,800 Catalonia-based companies to move their legal headquarters out of the region …

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Spain: New law on autonomous work

The Cortes (national parliament) has passed a new law on autonomous work status which seeks to promote self- employment through 16 measures largely relating to the ease of moving into and out of the status, pension rights and giving concessions for payment of social security …

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Spain: Vocational training

The national government has decided to continue until next Spring its programme of vocational training to people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits …

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Spain: Ryanair pilots in Spain reject new pay deal

Ryanair pilots based in Madrid have rejected a 22% pay offer because it was conditional on them not negotiating through a union …

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Spain: Spain lowers growth forecast amid uncertainty

The Spanish government has lowered its 2018 economic growth projections from 2 …

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Spain: Work hour recordkeeping requirements reduced

Although the National Court (Audiencia Nacional) decided in 2015 that employers are obliged to record the daily work of all of their employees, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that employers are now only required to keep records of overtime hours …

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Spain: Safety awareness in Spanish enterprises

A survey report published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has highlighted the issue of company size and level of safety awareness in Spanish enterprises …

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Spain: Company Signatory Must Prove Residence in Spain or EU

Companies wishing to transfer highly qualified professions from outside the EU to Spain must do so through senior personnel who are legally resident in Spain or another EU country …

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Spain: Forced liberalisation

Port workers in Spain are taking strike action in protest at new legislation that will end the existing pre-entry closed shop, whereby employers may only hire workers on union controlled “pool company” lists …

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Spain: 8% rise for pay minimum

Those earning the national minimum wage will receive an increase of 8%, as of January 1st 2017 …

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Spain: Male parental leave

The Spanish parliament has voted to increase parental leave for men to 16 weeks – thus making it equal to statutory maternity leave …

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Spain: Severance pay for fixed-term jobs

The right of temporary workers to receive severance payments has always been a cloudy issue …

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Spain: Ruling on requirements of collective redundancy dismissal letters

On March 15th 2016 the Supreme Court of Spain confirmed that, during a collective redundancy, failure to mention in the individual dismissal letters the selection criteria that were applied does not support a case for unfair dismissal …

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Spain: Statistics show fewer people becoming unemployed

It is difficult to gauge the health of the Spanish labour market, even though there appear to be some promising signs …

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Spain: Workplace accidents statistics – 1H 2015

According to data from Spain’s Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the number of workplace accidents resulting in sick leave totalled 254,197 in Spain during the first six months of 2015 …

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