About Sabrina L. Williams

Although I was born in the UK, I moved to the Canary Islands, Spain at a young age and I haven't looked back. The Canaries is a fantastic place to live, I mean you can do all types of outdoor activities practically all year round because of the great weather. Horses are my poison but the islands are also a superb spot for water sports so they do attract a lot of attention from people around the world. Anyway, enough about that. Back in 2011, I made one of the biggest, scariest yet best decisions I'd ever made and set-up my own business in the middle of a recession. I love what I do as no two days are the same, plus Spanish law keeps me on my toes as it is constantly changing (often without warning!) so there is always something new to learn. As I've branched out in the world of Administrative Consultancy, I decided to create a blog to discuss topics of interest to others in my industry and my clients, share tips and experiences, to see what new ideas people have for improving their businesses and the like so I hope you'll find the time to join me on this venture...

If as a business owner you have employees, you may have received communications from your Advisors to implement a method to register your employees regular work hours as well as overtime as per Royal Decree 8/2019, 8th March, to be enforced from 12th May 2019. Why has this come about and what is the point of registering employee work hours?

The life of a business owner is full of responsibilities and obligations and sometimes it is difficult to be sure every aspect of our business is accounted for or under control. One of the queries I hear a lot has to do with third-party liability insurance. The saying goes, nothing in life is certain besides taxes and death but I think we can also include insurance here; whether it is for our cars, houses, health, life and a wide variety of other possibilities, we can say for sure that insurance policies are an integral part of our existence whether we want them or not and the same should go for our businesses.

The Office has been extremely busy lately and I am behind with my blog posts, so I will post articles that have appeared in The Voice Fuerteventura magazine over the next few days to catch up and post new content too…

It seems that reviewing property laws is a hot topic at the Government this year. This comes after another shake up over property rental law following the most recent changes made in 2013. Apparently, the modifications made at the time did not provide the desired results, i.e., an increase in availability of primary residences on offer and moderation in price. This failure has prolonged the vulnerability detected at the time for those who require a respectable home for their families with the stability that should come with being long-term tenants.

I have been meaning to post this article for a month now but quarterly taxes kept me very busy! The good news is that Pedro Sanchez’s administration has approved additional paternity leave much to the relief of many families. Last July, the usual 28 days leave was increased to five weeks and from 1st April 2019, it has risen again to EIGHT weeks. This isn’t the only good news though because a further increase to twelve weeks is in the pipeline from 1st January 2020 and to sixteen weeks from the 1st January 2021. From that moment, mothers and fathers will share the same rights and conditions when it comes to leave after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child.

Whether you are a property owner or not, I’m sure you’ve been following the Holiday Let (Vivienda Vacacional) debacle with interest. Since the Canarian Government finally issued regulations back in 2015, Decreto 113/2015, 22nd May after years of an unofficial standoff, the law has been heavily criticized, mainly because it was full of discriminatory clauses that excluded many property owners from exercising their right to legally let their properties under this system, never mind the grey areas that were difficult to interpret and portions that made no sense whatsoever!

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