Royal Decree-Law 32/2021 of 28 December 2021 contains the measures agreed on 23 December 2021 within the scope of social dialogue between the Spanish government and the most representative trade unions and business organizations state-wide. This new regulation is the result of a reform process undertaken at the initiative of the government and has basically concluded with significant amendments in three regulatory fields: (i) Temporary employment contracts; (ii) collective bargaining, and (iii) internal flexibility measures or temporary lay-offs.
Royal Decrees 901/2020 and 902/2020, both dated 13 October and published in the Spanish State Gazette (“BOE”) on 14 October, are basically aimed at the regulatory implementation of the new provisions on equality plans, transparency and equal pay contained in Royal Decree Law 6/2019, dated 1 March, on urgent measures to ensure equal treatment and opportunities for women and men in employment and occupation. These two decrees complement each other.
The new regulations are a product of the agreement reached by the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, the Ministry of Equality and the most representative national trade unions, “Comisiones Obreras” and “Unión General de Trabajadores”.