Many companies have launched a ERTE to try to save the economic situation. This figure, contemplated in the Workers’ Statute, implies the suspension of contracts for all or part of the workforce for a limited time or the reduction of the working day. Workers stop fulfilling their activity, but receive an unemployment benefit. In addition, at the end of the crisis they return to their usual position and will not be able to be fired in the next 6 months.
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As an exceptional measure, the Government has allowed all employees who have received an ERTE to have a subsidy, so you do not have to meet the requirements that were previously required.
Nevertheless, before collecting the benefit you must follow a series of steps, which due to the pandemic have undergone some changes since the SEPE offices remain closed.
Here’s how you can apply for unemployment benefit if your company has launched an ERTE.
How to collect an ERTE
The first step you have to take is to apply for unemployment benefit. Since the offices are closed, you have no choice but to do it electronically, online. Although you can contact them by calling them to solve your doubts, through the number 900 81 24 00.
In any case, you must download and complete the application form, and provide the following information:
- ID card or passport
- Identification of dependent children
- Bank document showing the account number where you want to receive the benefit
- Company certificate of the last 6 months worked. Although it is usually sent by the company itself.
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When you have completed and delivered the document at the SEPE electronic headquarters, you will start to collect your benefit in 30-day monthly installments. The usual date of receiving the income is between the 10th and 15th of each month.
[Fuentes: SEPE, Diario AS, 20 minutos]