Important events have arisen during 2018 regarding maternity and paternity leave in Spain.
For many companies in Spain, it is important to ensure that the budget is able to accommodate the cost of the new employee upon his/her recruitment into the workforce. This means that the recruitment of the new employee, fundamental though it may be for the company, is often delayed. On this basis, whenever a new employee is recruited into the workforce, it is important to bear in mind the many hiring incentives in Spain that currently exist as they may enable the company to make significant savings.
The publication of Law 14/2013 of 27 September on entrepreneur support and internationalisation, amended in 2015 by Law 25/2015 of 28 July on second chance mechanisms, introduced major changes in the field of residency procedure, speeding up the application procedures for residence permits and work permit in Spain.
With the entering into force of Law 14/2013 of 27 September, on entrepreneur support and internationalisation, and for the purpose of attracting investment and talent to Spain, the requirements for work permit and residence permit applications have been made more flexible. The law provides for the granting of a Golden Visa in Spain through an investment in real estate equal to or exceeding €500,000 free of charges and tax.
On 6 March, the Official Spanish State Gazette issued Order ESS/214/2018, which requires self-employed workers to join the RED System and receive online notifications. This is a new obligation of freelancers in Spain (or self-employed workers). This can be carried out either directly by the self-employed professional or through a RED-authorised third party, and will be mandatory from 1 October onwards.