The Spanish Ministry of Labour has sent draft new Regulations concerning employees working in the domestic sector to the most prominent trade unions and employer associations in Spain. The aim of the proposed legislation is to improve conditions relating to the employment of, and Social Security benefits for, domestic employees, which are currently considerably less beneficial than those for ordinary employees.

The key Government proposals included in the draft Regulations are the right of the employee to request a written contract from the employer covering working hours, remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment, a right to receive financial assistance in the event of disability resulting from an accident at work and the right of the employee not to be dismissed without a justifiable reason. In the event of a dismissal without good reason, it is proposed that the employer would have to pay the same severance compensation as for ordinary employees (ie, 45 days’ salary per year of service). The most important change will be the registration of domestic employees with the General Social Security System – which the Spanish Government intends to introduce by 2017.