Until a year ago, most Spaniards had not heard, or in a very distant way, of the meaning of the word FOR HIM (File of Temporary Employment Regulation). However, the pandemic has been the circumstance that has caused many citizens, individuals and companies, to contact the services of a lawyer to find out and find out to what extent this acronym affects them.
But not only ERTEs have been a reason for consultation. The Legal Observatory of Legálitas has analyzed the most demanded questions in the offices during this atypical 2020 And today, on the occasion of the International Lawyer’s Day, we talk about them.
Shot of labor issues
Labor became the main subject of the year, experiencing a 36.9% increase in the number of legal consultations with respect to the previous year, standing in the hardest months of confinement, (March and April), as the leader of the topics consulted.
Labor closed 2020 as subject number two in the ranking, collecting 19.5% of all inquiries arrived throughout the year, addressing issues such as the decrease in hiring and the group of domestic employees in particular, layoffs, reductions in working hours, leave of absence, conciliation or telework among others. The inquiries about self-employed aid Due to the pandemic and business closures caused by the health crisis, they were also very recurrent in the different types of consultation that the lawyers had to address.
Consumption, the most consulted
While Labor He was the one who experienced the biggest rise Consumption For yet another year, it was the subject most consulted, accounting for 22.3% of all inquiries received.
The situation experienced revealed the impossibility of many citizens to make their mortgage payments, a circumstance that was alleviated by the approval of a regulation on moratorium promoted by the Government and the banking sector itself that helped vulnerable groups. The loans for tenants or the appearance of other relevant judicial decisions regarding revolving cards, mortgage expenses, IRPH … generated many inquiries as they were known.
Likewise, there was a noticeable increase in inquiries regarding leisure and tourism due to the confinement situation, where thousands of clients had to process the cancellation of their contracted trips for spring-summer, flights, hotels, rural tourism, wedding reservations, communions, etc., as well as other shows, concerts and recreational activities that were canceled due to the pandemic.
Leases and real estate
Property, with 18.6%, it is the third most consulted subject last year. Almost half of the inquiries received were related to urban leases. The health crisis and the measures adopted by the Government to alleviate its effects meant the need to advise the citizen in the way of adopting payment agreements between owners and tenants, both in lease from living place as a business premises.
In communities of owners, especially during the months of confinement, the neighbors raised their doubts about what could and could not be done in each community, showing, in the summer months, a special increase with respect to the use of community swimming pools. Due to the crisis, inquiries about buy and sell from living place They were reduced by almost 9%, in contrast to those formulated on “works in housing” which, anecdotally, increased.
Couples with children
At Civil field, which accounted for 12.6% of the consultations, questions related to compliance with the children’s visits, as well as those referring to discrepancies of parents in the exercise of parental authority, mainly when taking them or not to school.
In contrast, economic uncertainty, with business closings, ERTE, possible layoffs, etc. It caused that, in global calculation, the number of inquiries about separations and divorces decreased, perhaps because this is not “the right moment” to initiate this type of procedure.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.