Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and monitor the new ways of working, and adopt … Read more

Spain: new regulations on equality plans and equal pay between men and women

On 14 October Spain’s Official State Journal (BOE) published two new Royal Decrees on equality: Royal Decree 902/2020, of 13 October, on equal pay between women and men (RD 902/2020) and Royal Decree 901/2020, of 13 October, which regulates equality plans and their registration and which modifies Royal Decree 713/2010, of 28 May, on the … Read more

Spain: new remote work regulations

On 23 September 2020, the Spanish Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) published Royal Decree-law 28/2020, of 22 September (“RDL 28/2020”), on remote work. The new regulation will enter into effect 20 days after its publication, in all matters relating to the regulation of this form of work. As pointed out in the new … Read more

COVID-19: People: Latest developments in employment law in Spain

On 22 April, Spain’s Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) published Royal Decree-law 15/2020, of 21 April, on additional urgent measures to protect the economy and employment (“RDL 15/2020”). The main employment-related measures included in RDL 15/2020 are: Unemployment benefit is increased in the following situations: where a company terminates employment during an employee’s … Read more


In this summary, we bring you our most recent insights on immediate and evolving employment issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain. At any time you can also access our most up-to-date legal insights from across our global network via our COVID-19 hub. Our recent publications include: COVID-19: POTENTIAL LEGAL IMPACT (LATEST DEVELOPMENT) (SPAIN) – … Read more

UK/EU: ECJ rules that Member States must require actual hours worked to be recorded

The ECJ has followed the Opinion of EU Advocate General Pitruzzella in ruling that, under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU Working Time Directive, member states must require employers to set up an “objective, reliable and accessible” system for recording the actual number and distribution of hours worked by individual workers each … Read more

UK/EU: recent rulings on jurisdiction over EU international employment disputes

Where disputes involve individual employment contracts, EU jurisdiction rules provide that the employee can only be sued where they are domiciled. In Bosworth v Arcadia Petroleum, the ECJ has ruled that for an individual to have an employment relationship for these purposes, they must perform services for and under the direction of another person, implying the … Read more