Employment Law in Spain
Employment Law in SpainUpdated on Thursday 19th January 2023
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Hiring employees in a Spanish company is a process similar to the one available in other countries situated in the European Union (EU). Foreign investors are advised to become familiar with the main regulations related to the employment legislation, such as the types of contracts signed between the employers and the employees, social security payments, official holidays, the legal working time and many other aspects.
Foreign entrepreneurs who want to hire employees for their business in Spain and who are not familiar to the local legislation related to employment can receive information on this matter from our Spanish attorneys, who will offer assistance on the main legal requirements.
The following video offers a short presentation on the employment regulations applicable in Spain:
There are general regulations, applied to nearly all the employment contracts, and specific rules for certain types of jobs. The general rules refer to the following:
- an employee is required to work 40 hours/week and not more than nine hours per day;
- the local legislation prescribes a period of 30 working days for holiday purposes per year for every employer working on a full time employment contract, if the employee worked for at least one year in the company;
- the maternity leave is established at four months, but the period can increase in several conditions such as multiple births or various medical situations;
- the employer is entitled to a holiday of 15 calendar days when he or she gets married and two days for the birth of a child or the death of a family member;
- the employees are also entitled to other 14 free days, as an effect of the Spanish public holidays;
- in certain cases, if an employee is fired, the employer must pay him or her an indemnisation, set out in accordance with the period of time the employee worked in the company; our team of Spanish lawyers can provide more information related to the rights and obligations of both parties.
Employees who work in shifts are entitled to a minimum time off between their working days, established at 12 hours. At the same time, it is important to know that, in case of injuries, the workers are allowed to a sick leave which can last up to 18 months.
Types of employment contracts in Spain
In Spain, there are two main types of employment contracts - indefinite and temporary. An employee who has an indefinite period contract is entitled to receive a severance payment in certain cases of dismissal. This payment is correlated to the period he or she worked for that company and the sum of money is established at a maximum of 42 months equivalent salary.
The Spanish authorities offer certain incentives for employers who hire persons on indefinite contracts for certain categories of workers.
They refer to the following:
• persons who are 45 years old or older and who have been unemployed for at least one year;
• women who have been unemployed for at least one year;
• men and women (between 30 and 44 years old) who have been unemployed for more than a year;
• workers under the age of 30.
The temporary employment contracts are chosen especially for employees who are involved in certain projects, on a definite period of time.
Persons who need more details about the Employment Law in Spain may contact our Spanish law firm. Our team of Spanish lawyers can also provide information on the import-export law available in this country, including on the procedures companies must complete when dealing with the local customs authorities (such as obtaining an EORI number).
We invite you to contact our lawyers in Barcelona if you want to get hired in this city and you want to know further details on the employment regulations applicable here.
Some of the most important rules derive from the Spanish Constitution 1978, the Law 31/1995 on Work Risk Prevention, Law 3/2007 on Equality between Men and Women, and the Law 5/2000 on Labor Infractions and Sanctions.
We can provide information to those who want to become employees in a local company, as well as to companies that want to hire local and foreign workforce.
You can also contact our lawyers in Madrid in the case in which you are currently established in this city. Please mind that our team can represent clients in employment litigation cases, which are heard in certain Spanish courts.
Our law firm can represent clients a wide range of litigation cases concerning businesses and individuals alike. For example, you can rely on our experienced team if you need legal representation regarding a property.
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