Labor and Employment Law
The amendment, included in a banking royal decree-law, clarifies that the generic reference to collective labor agreements in article 84.2 d) of the Workers’ Statute should be to companies’ collective bargaining agreements.
In its January 19, 2022 edition, the Official State Gazette (BOE) published a corrigendum to Royal Decree-Law 32/2021, of December 28, 2021, on urgent measures for labor reform, ensuring stable employment and transforming the labor market.
It was published in the Official Gazette Ordinance no. 38/2022, of January 17, which sets out the new 'Sustainable Employment Commitment' measure. In essence, this regulation awards employers economically for entering into open-ended employment contract with unemployed people registered at the Employment and Vocational Training Institute (IEFP).
It was published in the Official Gazette Ordinance no. 7/2022, of January 4, accommodating in a single instrument the rules on how employers should disclose the working schedule and record the respective working times.
The Budget Law contains a number of labor and employment provisions, including the contribution bases and rates for 2022, changes to the cap on pension plan contributions, to the legal rate of interest for money and to the public multi-purpose income indicator (IPREM) for 2022, among other elements.
It was published in the Official Gazette the Law no. 1/2022, January 3, increasing the number of days an employee may be absent from work due to the passing of a family member and enabling employees to receive psychological support.
The measures cover key elements such as pension revaluation, early retirement, promotion of active ageing, widow’s pension benefit, mandatory retirement and a 0.6% increase in contributions to preserve the balance among generations.
Following the announcement of the labor reform agreement, the BOE published the text that, among other things, modifies the type of contracts, establishes new flexibility mechanisms and reintroduces the ultra-activity of collective bargaining agreements.
Decree-Law no. 119/2021, was published in Official Gazette, increasing the minimum amount of unemployment subsidy (employees) and establishing the enhancement of this subsidy, as well as of the subsidy for termination of activity (economically dependent self-employed workers) and of the subsidy for termination of professional activity (Members of the Board, directors and self-employed workers with a corporate activity) to beneficiaries in a situation of special necessity.