The transfer of workers is prohibited in Spain; temporary employment agencies (TEAs or ETTs in Spain) are the only entities authorized to hire temporary staff and place them at the disposal of another company. Companies must comply with this regulation, as the legal and economic consequences of committing irregularities in this matter can be drastic.
Reconciling work and family life involves balancing work and family responsibilities. Among the measures included in work-life balance are the adaptation of working hours and paid or unpaid leave.
The Workers’ Statute is the legislation that aims to protect the worker’s labour rights, establishes rules for collective bargaining, and defines the responsibilities of employers and employees in Spain.
Investments by foreign investors in Spain generally require compliance with some administrative requirements and, in some cases, prior authorisation.
In Spain, the trading status is necessary to sell or resell energy on the market, a lucrative activity, although burdensome in practice for some market players. Collective self-consumption, and the approach of a specific contractual structure, stand out as alternatives to energy commercialisation.
Although ownership has traditionally been the predominant form of housing tenure in Spain, the demand for rental accommodation is rapidly growing, giving rise to new models of rental property investment. Build to rent, rent to rent, coliving, and senior living are clear examples.
The approval of temporary regulations by the EU and the Spanish Government to speed up the processing of EIS (environmental impact statements) provides an incentive to boost the development of renewable energy projects in Spain.
In line with the European strategy to increase the production and use of renewable energy, the European Commission has promoted renewable electricity to produce renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origins, such as hydrogen. To this end, it has defined the requirements that hydrogen and other hydrogen-based fuels must meet to be “green”, reducing some of the legal uncertainty.
In Spain, commercial leases are not subject to strict regulations like residential leases, and it leaves a central role to the parties’ will when formalizing the corresponding contracts. However, the LAU contemplates some specific provisions worth considering.
On 25 May, Law 12/2023 was published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), introducing significant changes to the housing sector in Spain. Highlights include the removal of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for annual rent reviews, rent control in stressed areas and modifications to eviction and foreclosure procedures, among others.