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3. Working conditions

Jobs in Spain must be performed under, at least, minimum working conditions, which are described in the Statute of workers (Estatuto de Trabajadores) and the collective bargaining agreements applicable.

The standard work week is 40 hours, though this varies depending on the occupation. The standard weekly uninterrumped rest is one and a half days (two days for minors) , though this also varies from one occupation to another. Spanish labor rules prescribe that daily working hours are limited to 9 hours work per day. It is also prescribed a minimum of 12 hours' rest between working days. Overtime (horas extraordinarias), working hours in excess of the ordinaries ones, are also restricted by law to 80 hours per year, unless the collective bargaining prescribes something different, for which the workers must be compensated whether by economic compensation or by paid time off in lieu. It is legally banned for minors to work overtime.

National holidays are 14 (two of them are locally established) and the vacation period legally paid is 30 calendar days, unless otherwise is established in the collective bargaining.

Working hours are closely connected with other aspects of employment as the salary, which amount and structure is normally established by the collective bargaining agreement applicable. Normally, there exist two extra payments, in June and December. These are only general guidelines and not definitive statements of the law, all questions about the law's applications to individual cases shall be directed to a Spanish Lawyer.

 

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