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Partial retirement and concentration of working hours

A business practice that has long been demanded and, in many cases, applied, using various different formulas, despite its rejection by the National Social Security Institute and to a large extent by the Spanish courts, is that of concentrating the working hours corresponding to the entire duration of partial retirement, in a single period. Interest […]

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Position taken by the Labor Inspection Authorities following the Supreme Court judgments releasing employers from the requirement to record time worked

In judgments handed down on March 23 and April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court rendered the position taken by the National Appellate Court void and ruled clearly that article 35.5 of the Workers’ Statute does not require employers to keep a daily record of time worked, but rather that said record is only required in […]

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How far can prohibitions go (during and outside) working hours?

An article in the Financial Times announced that an insurance company was going to ban its employees from drinking alcohol during their lunch break, and anyone caught doing so could face penalties and even dismissal. The introduction of these kinds of prohibitions in the context of employment relationships usually sparks heated debate from a legal […]

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The limit for “self-terminating” a contract after a material modification to conditions

In the last quarter of 2016, the Supreme Court had occasion to rule on the possibility of rejecting the application of the employment contract termination mechanism contained in article 41.3 of the Workers’ Statute (WS) where the harm suffered by the worker is not evidenced. The facts of the case were as follows. In December […]

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Man watching an employee work via a closed-circuit video monitor

Is it legal to use surveillance cameras in the context of disciplinary dismissals?

On January 31 and February 2, 2017, the Supreme Court handed down two relevant judgments in which it analyzed whether or not fundamental rights are violated when recordings from video surveillance cameras are used for disciplinary purposes without having formally informed the workers of the installation of the cameras. In recent years, the majority position […]

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Businessman driving a car

Accidents to/from work when the route is changed to take a colleague home

According to figures from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, in 2016 there were a total of 46,845 traffic accidents to/from work, which constitutes an 8.4% increase in these types of accidents with respect to the previous year. In this context, the Supreme Court continues to shape its criteria when classifying as an occupational […]

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