The Spanish Council of Ministers approved a new law, which requires, among others, all employers who ask employees to work remotely to provide additional compensation for general costs associated with working from home. This legislation was designed to increase fairness amongst employees who work from home and those who work in an office.
The law stipulates that an employer should compensate employees for all costs associated with remote employment, which includes internet, telephone, and electricity reimbursements. This would be a fee that is paid on top of the employee’s salary.
What does this mean for new and current Spanish employees hired through Remote?
Remote's employment agreements account for the extra costs associated with remote work and consider it already included in the employee's agreed-upon salary so nothing shall be paid on top of this. Remote will therefore leave salaries unchanged because there was prior consent of the implications associated with working remotely. While the employee's salary will remain unchanged, the breakdown of their payslip will show the compensation for the extra costs incurred by working remotely, which Remote has determined as being 60 EUR/month.