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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-13/602 – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Changes of working hours or work arrangements
|Author||Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||14 April 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)|
In order to allow cooperatives to implement temporary collective dismissal procedures or reduced working time schemes, the government had introduced some flexibility in the formal requirements to adopt these decisions.
More specifically, when due to lack of adequate or sufficient means, the General Assembly of the cooperative cannot be called to hold it through virtual means, the Governing Council will assume the authority to approve the total or partial suspension of the provision of work for its members and partners and will issue the corresponding certification for processing, under the terms provided in articles 22 and 23 of Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17, of extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19 .
For more information on the temporary layoff scheme see the following cases:
Although the legal statutes had not provided for it, during the state of alarm period, the sessions of the governing and administrative bodies of cooperatives and the trustees of foundations may be held by videoconference or by multiple conference call, provided that all the members of the body have the necessary means, the secretary of the body recognizes their identity, and expresses it in the minutes, which they will immediately send to the email addresses of each one of the attendees. The same rule will be applied to the delegated committees and to the other mandatory or voluntary committees that it has constituted. The session will be understood to be held at the domicile of the legal entity.
When due to lack of adequate or sufficient means, the General Assembly of the cooperative cannot be called to hold it through virtual means, the Governing Council will assume the authority to approve the total or partial suspension of the provision of work for its members and partners and will issue the corresponding certification for processing, under the terms provided in articles 22 and 23 of Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17, of extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19 .
No data available.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement of social partners was reported in the design, implementation or monitoring phases.
No reactions to this measure have been observed.
Eurofound (2020), Emergency measures to speed temporary layoffs and short time work schemes for cooperatives, measure ES-2020-13/602 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-13_602.html
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