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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-12/560 – Updated – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 18 March 2020 – 30 June 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
|Author||Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 April 2020 (updated 30 August 2022)|
During the period of validity of the extraordinary measures in the field of public health adopted by the authorities to combat the effects of the extension of COVID-19, which involve limiting the mobility of citizens or affecting the operation of public services whose action affects the management of unemployment protection, the Public Employment Service will extend automatically the unemployment benefit to those workers whose entitlement ended during this period.
Through this measure, the social security system is authorized to extend automatically the right to receive the unemployment benefit in the cases subject to the semi-annual extension of the right, so that the lack of application by the worker does not entail the interruption of the perception of unemployment benefits or the reduction of its duration.
Moreover, in the case of beneficiaries of the subsidy for over fifty-two years, the payment of the subsidy and the contribution to social security will not be interrupted even when the presentation of the required annual income statement is made outside the legally established period.
There are no estimates as to the number of workers affected by this policy.
Employees in standard employment
Older people in employment (aged 55+)
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were only consulted, but not involved in the implementation and monitoring of this measure.
Social partners were consulted prior to the approval of this policy and were supportive.
Eurofound (2020), Automatic extension of unemployment benefits, measure ES-2020-12/560 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-12_560.html
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