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Spain: Cabinet approves legislation aimed at fighting gender discrimination in the workplace; law requires co's to implement gender equality plans

The Spanish Cabinet of the Socialist Party government (PSOE) has approved a legislative decree that aims to fight against gender discrimination in the workplace.

The decree, passed on Friday, includes the progressive equalization of paternity leave with maternity leave, which will grant new fathers up to 16 weeks of paternity leave by 2021.

It also demands that Spanish businesses complete a gender audit with the “average salary values, salary supplements and non-wage benefits of their staff, separated by sex” that can be accessed by worker representatives and union members. The goal of the registry is to highlight whether there is female under representation or a gender wage gap.

To improve representation, a greater number of companies must implement gender equality plans under the decree... This plan must address issues like the selection and hiring process, work conditions and preventing sexual harassment...