On 26 May, the Tripartite Labour Monitoring Commission approved the V Social Agreement for the Defence of Employment (V ASDE), which extends until 30 September a series of measures that have provided essential support to the economy since 1 October 2020, given the need to maintain them in order to adequately guarantee a sustainable and inclusive recovery.
The extension of the force majeure ERTEs for causes related to the pandemic situation is set until 30 September 2021. The related extraordinary contribution measures are also extended, updating the percentage of exemption from social security contributions.
Measures to protect the self-employed
It introduces a contribution exemption for the self-employed who have received some kind of benefit for termination of activity, in accordance with the provisions of RDLaw 2/2021 of 26 January.
It regulates the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity for the self-employed affected by a temporary suspension of all activity as a result of a decision adopted by the competent authority as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
An extension of the cessation-of-activity benefit compatible with self-employment is foreseen until 30 September 2021.
In addition, an extraordinary severance benefit is introduced for those self-employed workers who carry out an activity and who, on 31 May 2021, have received the severance benefit provided for in Article 7 of Royal Legislative Decree 2/2021, of 26 January, and who are not entitled to the ordinary severance benefit provided for in Article 7 of this Royal Decree-Law.
Finally, the extraordinary severance benefit for seasonal self-employed workers is included.
These are companies belonging to sectors with a high rate of ERTE and a low rate of resumption of activity, whose files have been automatically extended until 30 September 2021, and whose activity is classified in one of the CNAE-09 codes listed in the Annex.
It is established that companies must effectively incorporate people with fixed-discontinuous contracts and those who carry out fixed and periodic recurring work on specific dates during the theoretical period of the call, understood as that corresponding to the work effectively carried out by each of them between 1 June and 30 September 2019.
It also explicitly includes the impact of the exemptions on Social Security contributions and their inclusion as a period of paid work for all purposes.
Measures are established in relation to university teaching and research staff who are contracted on a temporary and part-time basis to carry out an additional professional activity outside the university.
Article 6 of Royal Decree Law 8/2020, of 17 March, which regulates the MECUIDA plan, is extended until 30 September 2021.
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