What to do if you are Unemployed now or laid off due to Covid19 closures in the Canary Islands

Workers are in DIFFERENT situations please read until the end of this page and watch for updates. The situation is changing daily. Latest 27 /3/2020:The Spanish Government has prohibited dismissals as a result of Covid19 and has approved a simplification process for the ERTE process (temporary suspension of contracts) “Maintaining jobs is the priority. If it is possible to join an ERTE scheme, dissmissals are now illegal”  Translation of full Press release here *  Link to …

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Sickness Benefits: How will periods of preventive isolation for COVID-19 be considered

Official source in Spanish http://www.seg-social.es/wps/portal/wss/internet/FAQ/897e30db-3172-4528-987f-ab1ffde1b8e7/dc3893c2-c35a-4b44-9319-9b6aab435c9f/218510af-cd9b-4177-89a8-c846f68223ef Unofficial translation in English Temporary disability: information for workers 1)How will periods of preventive isolation be considered in COVID-19 processes? These periods will be considered as temporary incapacity due to a common illness for financial benefits purposes, regardless of treatment , to be treated as an exceptional addition to the contingency of work accidents. 2)Who will issue the withdrawal, confirmation and registration documents (Sick Notes) in the COVID-19 processes? What …

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Law Approving Urgent Reforms For Self Employed Workers comes into force

The Law on Self-Employment Measures  intended to make life easier for the self-employed  passed unanimously in Congress and has now passed in the Senate without change. Some measures take effect the day after their publication in the BOE  on the 25 October 2017 while some do not come into force until January 1st 2018. Some of the most welcome measures in the  “Ley de Reformas Urgentes del Trabajo Autónomo” are : Measures for start-ups As from the 1st …

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Buying a Business in Tenerife

If you are NOT thinking of buying a freehold business property, then in general what you are “buying” is what is called here a “Traspaso”. This is a private transfer type of arrangement and what you are paying for is goodwill, stock, fixtures and fittings in the premises (if they are not the property of the premises owner) and also getting the existing business holder to give up the right to what ever is left …

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Social Security Number Applications

A social security number ( not to be confused with an NIE number) is only obtainable if you are becoming self employed OR if you have a written job offer in Spanish known as a “pre- contrato” OR if you are a foreign pensioner who has entitlement to health care funded by their home country. Employees need to make a prior appointment by telephoning 922 60 25 10 and taking this application form together with the …

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On-line mailbox for reporting work related fraud anonymously

The department of Employment have created an online mailbox for reporting work related fraud anonymously. Previously, illegal workers were nervous of reporting an irregularity because they had to give their details, even though the information was know to the work inspectors, but was never communicated to the employer. Now the process is totally anonymous. The move is clearly aimed at detecting those companies that hire under the table workers, or issue part time contracts and …

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