Business leader slams time off given to employees in case of family death

CEOE head of labor relations says regulations date from "the time of stagecoaches"

One of the heads of Spain’s biggest employers association, the CEOE, on Monday criticized the four days off work that employees are entitled to should they have to spend a night away from home after the death of an immediate family member.

The head of labor relations at the association, José de la Cavada, said that the rule was devised when “journeys were made in stagecoaches, [...] but evidently with today’s vehicles, we are talking about just a few hours of travel, or even just an hour.”

Speaking at the presentation in Madrid of a report on absenteeism put together by recruitment agency Adecco, Cavada added that part of Spain’s current labor legislation “is a copy of the legislation from the Franco era.”

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