SPAIN: The government wants to simplify the system of financial incentives

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The Spanish government has sent to the social partners the guidelines of a draft Royal Decree to improve the system of financial incentives granted to enterprises which make special efforts in the area of occupational risk prevention. The measure is to be included in the future law known as “the Mutuas Act”.

The aim of this future legislation is to:

  • simplify procedures for businesses; and
  • facilitate the recognition and payment of incentives.

Reduction in “occupational injury and disease contributions”
Under this Act, enterprises whose incidence rate is less than a benchmark rate established each year may benefit from a reduction in their contributions. The draft decree plans to establish, for the years subsequent to the initial application, an incentive of 5% of the amount of “occupational injury and disease contributions” for the first year of decline in the rate of accident and injury occurrence in the enterprise and 10% in the following years, if the periods of decline are consecutive.
To be able to receive financial incentives, enterprises will no longer be obliged to invest in their plant, or present a signed self-report certifying that risk prevention measures have been performed, as is the case at present. Also, they will no longer have to provide documents that the administrative departments already have. In parallel, a maximum time limit will be established for administrative departments to reply to enterprises. These measures should greatly simplify corporate life.
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