New leave and reconciliation measures

On 29 June 2023, amendments to the measures for reconciling work and family life were published in the Official State Gazette (BOE). RDL 5/2023, which came into force on 30 June 2023, includes new leave and reconciliation measures for parents and carers, which are of great interest.

The main new features include new cases for caring for people, extending the adaptation of the duration or distribution of the working day, as well as the possibility of reducing the working day, for caring for children up to 12 years of age, for caring for unmarried partners or blood relatives of the unmarried partner, relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity and dependent persons who live in the same home and are unable to look after themselves.

The same paid leave and leave of absence is recognised for unmarried couples with the same nature as marriage, with the right to 15 days of paid leave for the registration of unmarried couples, two days for death and the request for leave of absence to care for family members.

Paid leave due to accident or serious illness, hospitalisation or surgery requiring home rest for spouses and/or unmarried partners, first-degree blood relatives or cohabiting partners is extended to 5 days.

This includes the right to be absent from work for reasons of force majeure when necessary for urgent family reasons related to family members or persons living with them in the event of serious illness or accident that make their immediate presence indispensable, with hours of paid absence up to a maximum of 4 days per year.

The right to suspension of the contract for parental leave for the care of children under 8 years of age for a duration of 8 weeks, continuous or discontinuous, full or part-time, is introduced.

Do you want to know more about the changes or how they would affect your work-life balance? Write to us at or call us on 966 276 171 and receive legal advice tailored to your needs.

Article written by María José Ruiz

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