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Special Schemes

Integration of the Special Agricultural Scheme into the General Scheme:

Employed agricultural workers included in the REA, as well as the employers to whom they provide their services, shall be included, effective as of 01/01/12, in the Social Security General Scheme, through the setting up of a special Scheme for said workers, with entitlement to Social Security benefits under the same terms and conditions as in the General Scheme.

Integration of the Special Scheme for Domestic Employees into the General Scheme:

Effective as of 01/01/2012, the Special Scheme for Domestic Employees shall be included in the General Social Security Scheme, through the setting up of a special Scheme for said workers, who will be entitled to Social Security benefits under the same terms and conditions as in the General Scheme (art. 251 of the Consolidated Text of the LGSS). 

General requirements demanded

The general requirements for qualifying for this benefit in the special schemes are the following:

  • Being affiliated to the corresponding scheme.
  • To be up-to-date with payments for which workers are directly liable, even though the benefit is awarded due to the reciprocal sum of contributions in a salaried employee system.

    To that effect the mechanism for inviting payment provided for in 28.2 of Decree 2530/1970 will be applied, of 20th August, regulating the Special Social Security Scheme for Self-employed or Freelance Workers shall apply, regardless of the Social Security Scheme in which the interested party is included in when he/she receive the benefit or has reason to receive it.

    When, by deferring settlement of the payments owed, the applicant is considered up-to-date with payments for the purposes of awarding a benefit and he subsequently fails to meet the deferred payment schedule or conditions, he will no longer be considered up-to-date with payments, and the benefit he was receiving will immediately be suspended, and it will only be resumed once the debt with the Social Security has been settled in full. To this end, the benefit Management Entity may deduct the corresponding deferred debt payment from the monthly amounts accrued by the claimant.

Special Scheme for Self-Employed Workers

The workers will be entitled to the benefit with the same scope and under the same terms and conditions as workers included in the General Scheme, with the following particular conditions:

Protected Status:

Periods of partial termination of activities of at least 50% of their duration. In such cases, the percentage of the reduction in working hours shall be calculated using a 40 hour week as the basis.

Processing and Payment:

The benefit shall be processed and paid by the corresponding managing body or mutual society partnered with Social Security which covers the professional contingencies of the worker.

However, in cases where the worker is not covered for professional contingencies, the managing entity or mutual society covering the temporary disability due to common contingencies shall be responsible for processing the benefit.

In cases where the worker has not opted for temporary disability coverage under the Social Security scheme under which he or she is entitled to the financial benefit, the corresponding body of the Social Security shall be responsible for processing the benefit.

More information on this Scheme:

Special Scheme for Coal Mining

This benefit is recognised under the same terms and conditions as the Social Security's General Scheme.

More information on this Scheme: 
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