Spain: New employer obligations to ensure equality for LGBTI and trans employees

Companies with more than 50 employees have one year in which to comply with the Transgender Law by putting in place an action plan and measures to foster LGTBI equality and an LGTBI anti-harassment protocol Law 4/2023, of February 28, 2022, for real and effective equality of transgender people and to guarantee the rights of […]

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Major occupational health and safety challenges on the horizon in Spain

April 28th marks the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. We have taken this opportunity to look at the recently approved Spanish Occupational Health and Safety Strategy, which focuses on matters such as occupational diseases, new ways of organizing work, SMEs and the most vulnerable workers. The Spanish Occupational Health and Safety Strategy […]

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Equality plan: can the employer implement a plan unilaterally if the union refuses to negotiate?

A recent judgment clears the way for employers to carry out the equality plan process without needing to negotiate it with the workers’ representatives where no response has been received from the union in the specified period. Since January 13, 2021, employers have been required to fully comply with the new equality obligations, following the […]

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Is a worker who has taken voluntary leave of absence entitled to extend its term when it comes to an end?

There are number of points which an employee must decide upon when requesting a voluntary leave of absence; the duration of such arrangement is one of them. Once a leave of absence of a fixed term has been requested, is the company under the obligation to agree to its extension at the employee’s request? We […]

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Four-day workweek: a myth or reality?

Recently we have been seeing more and more countries launch initiatives to test the possibility of implementing a four-day week. We will take a look at Spain and Portugal and other projects underway in Europe. The implementation of a four-day week is progressively being discussed in numerous countries. Indeed, headlines regarding the approval of laws […]

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Labor relations as an essential instrument to achieve equality between men and women

In recent months, a number of regulations have introduced new developments in the area of equality in the workplace in Spain. From the obligation to adopt measures to guarantee equal working conditions to the acknowledgement of sick leave for pregnant women from the first day of the 39th week of pregnancy. We take a look […]

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