New Employment Measures Approved By the Spanish Government to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19

    View Author March 2020
    Two New Employment Measures Have Been Approved By the Spanish Government to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19

    One sets out the mechanics of any temporary suspension of employment contracts (ERTE) due to force majeure or the economic, technical, organisational or productive reasons referred to in articles 22 and 23 of Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 of 17 March on emergency measures to deal with the economic and social impact of COVID-19, and it develops article 25 of the same regulation to speed up the payment of unemployment benefits in these extraordinary circumstances.

    The other establishes that employees who provide services in public and private companies and institutions whose activities have not been paralysed by the declaration of the State of Alarm will be granted compulsory recoverable paid leave between 30 March and 9 April 2020, inclusive. During this time, employees affected will retain their right to normal basic salary and salary complements.