Royal Decree-Law 18/2020 allows ERTE layoff procedures due to force majeure to be extended until June 30, 2020 and also specifies, among others,  an extension of the term for relief from social security contributions and for the job retention clauses, in addition to placing certain restrictions on dividend distributions at companies that have implemented an ERTE temporary layoff procedure. The provision not allowing dismissals on grounds related to COVID-19 to be held justified is also extended until June 30, 2020. 
We analyze Royal Decree-Law 16/2020, of April 28, 2020, published in the April 29 edition of the Official State Gazette (BOE), adopting procedural and organizational measures to confront COVID-19 (RDL 16/2020). And entering into force on April 30, 2020 (the day after its publication in the Official State Gazette).
We analyze from the standpoint of corporate law/commercial contracts, labor, tax, litigation and administrative law, the main new legislation introduced by Royal Decree-Law 15/2020, of April 21, 2020, adopting additional urgent measures to support the economy and employment (RDL 15/2020), published in the Official State Gazette -BOE- on April 22, 2020.
The situation created by the spread of COVID-19 requires an analysis of the new legislation from all angles of business law. For another week running, Garrigues summarizes the key new legislation that companies need to be aware of over the coming days. This week, the labor landscape features the return to non-essential activities, together with a few new measures such as deferred payment of social security contributions or the ability to combine agricultural activity with unemployment subsidies and benefits. In the tax field, besides paying close attention to new tax legislation in Spain and elsewhere, there other elements needing to be considered such as the issue of renegotiating commercial lease agreements which may trigger tax costs. In relation to administrative law, businesses need to keep sight of the new legislation on administrative and procedural time periods. And on the subject of litigation and arbitration, this week we look at how COVID-19 will impact international contracts, and the opportunity provided by mediation as an alternative route for dispute resolution in the current context.