Spain: During parental leave, contributions must be paid on a minimum basis
The “Boletín de Noticias Red” publishes the criteria of the Directorate General for Social Security Organisation regarding registration and contribution obligations during the eight-week parental leave.
“Boletín de Noticias Red” 2/24 publishes the opinion of the Directorate General for the Organisation of Social Security which establishes that the eight-week parental leave (article 48 bis of the Workers' Statute) is in the nature of leave, and that article 69 of Royal Decree 2064/1995 on situations of unpaid leave is applicable. In accordance with this rule, the employee shall remain registrated and continue to pay contributions at the minimum rate for the occupational group for common contingencies and at the minimum rate for occupational contingencies.
On the other hand, the criterion indicates that the commencement of parental leave taken part-time is pending regulatory development.