Family law will provide seven days of paid leave per year to care for family members
The initiative of the Ministry of Social Rights eliminates the current requirement of a serious illness to take paid days off
BarcelonaThe future family law will include a paid leave of seven days a year to care for a family member or partner, as announced on Thursday by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, during her speech at the conference "A law to protect all families", organised to analyse the White Paper prepared by the OECD and the European Commission, which diagnoses the current situation of family protection in Spain and raises a set of recommendations.
The new law, initially proposed by the Ministry of Social Rights and the Ministry of Equality, would include a paid care leave of up to 9 days (in the event that it involves moving to another autonomous community) and seven days if it does not involve moving from where the person lives. At present, Spanish legislation only contemplates two days and only for very serious cases, far from what has been proposed by the European Union, which recommends a leave of this type of five days a year in Directive 2019/1158.
The proposal eliminates the current requirement of a serious illness to be able to make use of this paid leave, so that it could be applied in cases of covid.