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Navigating the Upcoming Spanish Labor Law Changes: A Comprehensive Guide

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Unveiling the Imminent Changes in Spanish Labor Law

In the dynamic landscape of international business, staying informed about shifting labor regulations is paramount. As seasoned experts in global employment matters, we recognize the pivotal role knowledge plays in ensuring your business’s success.

This comprehensive guide is meticulously crafted to illuminate the impending changes in Spanish labor laws set to take effect after the summer break.

Our aim is to provide you with an in-depth roadmap that will help you navigate these changes seamlessly, ensuring compliance while optimizing your operational efficiency.

Real Decree-Law 1/2023: Fostering Employment and Social Security Incentives

Spain’s employment sphere is on the brink of transformation with the imminent implementation of Real Decree-Law 1/2023.

This decree heralds a significant stride towards promoting employment and enhancing social security protection, particularly for artists and workers. Slated to be enforced from September 1, 2023, this legislation is geared towards fostering stable and high-quality employment through targeted Social Security bonuses.

Let’s delve into the crux of this decree:

  • Under this decree, a broad spectrum of entities, including employers, self-employed individuals, labor cooperatives, and certain non-profit organizations, can avail various incentives.

  • An innovative feature entails the incorporation of gender equality prerequisites into these benefits. Entities with over 50 employees are mandated to establish a gender equality plan to access these incentives.

  • Companies obligated by legal or collective agreements to implement an equality plan must ensure its existence to tap into these incentives.

This legislative update underscores the significance of gender parity in workplaces, encouraging companies to proactively address this pivotal aspect of organizational culture.

Law 2/2023: Empowering Whistleblowers and Internal Reporting Channels

A cornerstone of ethical business conduct is accountability and transparency. The enactment of Ley 2/2023 underscores the significance of whistleblower protection and internal reporting channels in combating corruption.

This law aligns with the European Directive on Whistleblower Protection, providing individuals with a secure platform to report potential breaches within their organizations.

Particularly noteworthy, private entities employing 50 or more workers are mandated to establish an internal reporting channel by December 1, 2023.

Key features of this internal reporting system encompass:

  • Provision for written and/or verbal communications for reporting.

  • Designation of a Responsible Officer within the administrative hierarchy to oversee the system’s management.

  • Approval of an Information Management Procedure by the administrative body, detailing the minimum content as specified by the law.

  • Obligation for entities to furnish clear and easily accessible information regarding the implemented reporting channel and the essential principles of the management procedure.

  • Institution of measures to shield and provide support to whistleblowers throughout the reporting process.

Real Decree-Law 5/2023: Postponement of Intern Contributions

Real Decree-Law 5/2023 ushers in several substantial changes, including the postponement of intern contributions.

This decree encompasses the transposition of European Union directives related to structural modifications of corporate entities and the reconciliation of family and professional life for parents and caregivers.

Among its various aspects, it modifies the commencement date of the 52nd Additional Provision of the General Social Security Law (LGSS).

As per this decree:

  • The inclusion of students engaged in training or academic internships under training programs within the Social Security system has been deferred to January 1, 2024.

  • From this date onward, individuals participating in such practices will be treated as assimilated to employees within the General Social Security Regime (RGSS).

  • Exceptions are outlined for scenarios involving work performed on maritime vessels, wherein inclusion occurs under the Special Social Security Regime for Seafarers.

Law 4/2023: Fostering LGBTI Equality in the Workplace

Embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity are pivotal facets of a modern workforce.

Ley 4/2023, effective from March 2, 2023, underscores the commitment to achieving real and effective equality for transgender individuals and safeguarding the rights of the LGBTI community.

A vital labor-related dimension of this law revolves around the measures aimed at promoting LGBTI equality and eradicating discrimination within businesses.

Under this law:

  • Companies employing more than 50 individuals are mandated to develop a well-structured plan focused on promoting real and effective equality for LGBTI individuals.

  • The plan should incorporate a protocol addressing harassment or violence against LGBTI individuals.

  • This plan’s implementation timeline spans 12 months from the law’s enforcement, ensuring its incorporation by March 2, 2024.

  • These measures will be negotiated through collective bargaining and agreed upon with the legal representation of the employees.


Navigating the intricate web of evolving labor regulations demands expertise and strategic guidance.

As Employing In Spain, we stand ready to be your trusted partner through these impending changes. Our team of seasoned professionals is poised to assist you in deciphering and adapting to the nuances of the amended regulations.

If you require insights and guidance on employment matters, our doors are open.

Reach out to us today and secure a consultation that will empower your business to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of Spanish labor law.


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