This study focuses on the main changes that the new labour law (LRJS — Law 36/2011—) has made to the practice of bringing lawsuits before labour courts and tribunals. The aim of the initial version (November 2011) was to make the process agile, quick and economical, among other things, but very soon this aim had to adapt to the changes in the law (and particularly in the Spanish Workers’ Statute) that the economic crisis caused in 2012. At present, the changes in the law that will be discussed were have been accompanied by an increase in litigation – the result of the economic crisis – which, far from making actions under labour law more agile, is saturating the social courts (the Spanish courts that specialize in labour law). Despite the cuts in human and economic resources, these courts put up with the ever increasing workload in an attempt to protect citizens’ labour and social security rights as best they can
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