Unemployment Benefits in Spain during the Coronavirus OutbreakProhibition of objective dismissal

Employment Law Spain coronavirus

Despite the advantages in the ERTE and the call to prioritize teleworking (impossible in many occupations), the unions asked the Government to limit by law the possibility of dismissing during the health crisis because an enormous number of layoffs and terminations were taking place of temporary contracts, assured the leaders of CCOO and UGT. The Government finally approved the prohibition to dismiss objectively due to the coronavirus since Saturday, March 28, as well as to terminate temporary contracts for this reason.

Companies cannot objectively fire because of the coronavirus crisis, with the 20 days per year worked for compensation. They continue to have access to the disciplinary and objective dismissal for reasons not related to COVID-19, but if it is shown that a company has dismissed a person for this health crisis, the dismissal would be considered inadmissible, with compensation of 33 days per year worked.

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