Spain: Expired collective bargaining agreement may remain applicable

The Spanish Supreme Court's judgment of 22 December 2014 has recently been published, establishing binding legal precedent with regard to the extended application of collective bargaining agreements (known as ultractividad) and the impact on employment relationships of the expiry of a collective bargaining agreement and failure to negotiate a new one. Read more

Spain: New legislation to promote employment

In December 2014 the Spanish Government approved the Royal Decree-Law 16/2014, which regulates the Special Program for Employment Activation. The main aims of this legislation are to : facilitate increased employment rates through employment policies; encourage the employer's maintenance of employment contracts where business activity is interrupted by force majeure; and support the unemployed with … Read more

Spain: Annulment of dismissals of top executives

In its decision dated 18 June 2012, the Spanish Supreme Court declared that the dismissal of a top executive was null and void due to breach of his fundamental rights. Although a top executive employment contract is based on a relationship of trust and good faith between the parties, industrial action on the part of … Read more