Spain Requires Employers To Record Working Time, Offers Incentives To Hire Long-Term Unemployed

Spain Requires Employers To Record Working Time

Labor law changes in Spain’s Royal Decree 8/2019 (Spanish) require employers to record each employee’s daily working time and offer companies financial incentives to hire workers who have been unemployed at least 12 months.

Features Of Working-Time Register

From 12 May 2019, employers must record their employees’ daily working time, including start and finish times:

  • A company collective or sectoral collective bargaining agreement must set out the arrangements for recording working time. Employers can propose an approach but must secure agreement from employee representatives if collective bargaining options don’t apply.
  • Employers must retain working-time registers for at least four years.
  • Employees — or their representatives — and relevant authorities can inspect working-time registers.
  • Employers violating the law could face fines between €626 and €6,250 for “serious infringements.”

Program To Boost Hiring of Long-Term Unemployed Workers

Highlights of measures to increase hiring of long-term unemployed individuals include:

  • Employers will pay lower social security contributions for workers hired after 12 months of unemployment during the previous 18 months. The reduction will amount to €1,300 per year for each male employee and €1,500 for each female employee hired full-time, with a pro rata reduction for part-time employees.
  • Eligible employment contracts must have a minimum three-year term, calculated from the hiring date.
  • Employers cannot reclassify existing employment contracts to receive the reduced social security contribution rate.

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Fiona Webster
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