Brazilian labor law can be confusing for potential investors. The federal government has made reforming the country’s strict employment laws a priority to stimulate foreign investment as the country emerges from recession. Here are some basic concepts that will help the reader better understand how employment and labor law work in Brazil.
One of the guiding principles of Brazilian labor law is the principle of protection. Because the employees normally have the least power compared to other economic players, any ambiguity will tend to be resolved in favor of the worker. Likewise, under the principle of protection, if more than one law or policy can be applied to a given situation, the law requires the government to uphold the one that provides the greatest benefit to worker.
Traditionally, Brazilian law has required that employees be compensated when terminated without valid cause. In otherwise, there was no such thing as “at will” employment in Brazil. However, there is a push to pass legislation that will change this and allow employers greater flexibility in firing employees.
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