The Ministry of Employment, Research and Universities, through the General Directorate of Social Economy and Autonomous Work, has made available to citizens via online two reference documents to solve both the doubts of freelancers and social economy companies, to root of the current scenario caused by Covid-19 and the approval of Royal Decree Law 8/2020 of March 17.
In a question and answer format, the documents provide practical information on the main issues that concern these groups.
In addition, the Ministry has enabled email accounts to address all inquiries from these sectors: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Citizens must provide a contact number, in case it is necessary to respond to them by telephone.
The reference document for the self-employed addresses four lines: the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity for those affected by the declaration of the state of alarm, the moratorium on mortgage debt for those who have more difficulties in facing their payment, the possible application of a ERTE (temporary employment regulation file) by the self-employed who employ workers, and the line for coverage of financing granted by financial entities to companies and the self-employed.
Some of the doubts that are clarified in relation to the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity are, for example, what are the reasons for which you can request (due to force majeure or economic reasons), the validity of that benefit (from the March 14 to April 14, expandable) or its amount (70 percent of the regulatory base, provided it has been listed for at least twelve months).
Regarding the moratorium on the mortgage debt, the document defines which self-employed persons can benefit from it (those who suffer a loss of their income of at least 40 percent) or the deadline to request it (until May 11) .
For those self-employed who have workers and who want to apply an ERTE, the text refers to the guide prepared by the Ministry on this type of procedure.
The document recalls that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation will grant guarantees to the financing granted by credit institutions to companies and the self-employed, to meet needs such as the management of invoices, the need for currency, maturities of financial or tax obligations or other needs of liquidity.
The Official Credit Institute (ICO) will manage these grants in collaboration with financial institutions.
The self-employed affected by the economic effects of the Covid-19 can request the guarantees, as long as they were not in default on December 31, 2019 and in bankruptcy procedure on March 17, 2020.
Social economy procedures
For its part, the guide on social economy clarifies aspects such as that none of the subsidies financed with funds from the Ministry will be negatively affected by the current state of alarm, or that it can continue to be presented through the electronic headquarters of the Community the necessary documentation in the registers of cooperative societies, of insertion companies and of qualification of labor companies.
In the event that social economy companies must present original deeds of incorporation or modification, their application must be submitted through the electronic office and the scanned documents of the original deeds must be accompanied along with a responsible declaration of authenticity that is attached. in the text.
Said declaration must be signed by the legal representative, and an authorized copy and a simple copy of said documentation must be presented within ten business days from the end of the alarm state.
Other possible doubts to which the document responds are the deadlines for social economy companies to carry out procedures;
the procedures to follow to file an ERTE, and how to conduct an assembly during the state of alarm.