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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-12/519 – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 18 March 2020 – 30 September 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||12 April 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)|
The measure is aimed at providing income protection for self-employed workers and freelancers. More specifically, this measure makes more flexible the access to benefits in case of cessation of activity for self-employed workers in case of financial difficulty.
The cessation of activity benefit already existed. What changes under the new regulation is that the requirements are relaxed and the periods for applying change: it will be charged for a period of one month (or until the state of alarm ends). Exceptionally, people who have seen their businesses closed and activities suspended may collect the cessation of activity benefit (unemployment of the self-employed).
Exceptionally and with validity until the last day of the next month when the state of alarm ends, will be entitled to an extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity:
There are no estimates on the number of workers who can benefit from this measure.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Peak-level social partners were informed of the content of this measure, as well as the main sectoral organisations representing self-employee workers, with and without employees.
Social partners were positive about this policy measure.
Eurofound (2020), Income protection for self-employed workers and freelancers affected by the state of emergency, measure ES-2020-12/519 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-12_519.html
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