The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, has confirmed that those workers who enjoy the recoverable paid leave compulsory for non-essential activities, and which will be in force from March 30 to April 9, must return the hours not worked but charged before the December 31 of this year.
This permission, “created ex novo”, is a measure in which “all parties give way”. “Employers have to guarantee the collection of full remuneration, but the workers must return the hours that we do not work before December 31,” said the minister this Sunday at a press conference after the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers in which this measure has been given the green light. In addition, he recalled that although it lasts for two weeks, “in reality it is 8 working days.”
“The margin we have is clear: nobody loses rights, neither employers nor workers“Diaz stressed, referring to the” enormous margin for negotiation “that will be given to each company so that” they can accommodate the departures they want to agree “for the return of hours by the workers.
As he has said, “it will be the workers in the negotiation who determine the formula for returning the hours that they are not going to perform.” In any case, he recalled, the agreed plan for said return “must respect the daily breaks, those of the week, and must also be compatible with the rights of conciliation.”
“It is a very flexible permit,” Díaz insisted, indicating that companies that have accepted a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) working hours will also have to take advantage of this new measure agreed by the Government. “The companies that have opted for ERTE to reduce working hours, in the remaining working day will have to resort to the recoverable paid leave,” he asserted.