An economic and social entity is a group of undertakings:
- with one or more elements which allows to deduct that they are not independent and/or autonomous units;
- which is defined by a concentration of managerial powers and identical or complementary activities or which has a community of salaried workers related through identical, similar or complementary interests and with a comparable social status;
- regardless of the fact that these entities may be independent and/or separate legal persons even if they should operate under the franchising regime.
Each available element which helps determine the existence of an economic and social entity is taken into account, such as:
- a common, or complementary, structure or infrastructure;
- dependence on one or more economic beneficiaries, whether these are totally or partly identical, complementary or related;
- use of a common, complementary or coordinated strategy;
- dependence on a joint, complementary or related management or shareholding, or the dependence on management or supervisory bodies with the same persons or the persons representing the same organisations whether wholly or in part;
- working with a community of salaried workers linked by common or complementary interests or the fact that said workers have a similar or related social status.