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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Social Security Benefits and Labor Rights in Brazil

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All working individuals, including nationals and residents, who are contributing to the Brazilian social security system are entitled to receive full benefits and services. The Ministry of Social Welfare is the governmental agency responsible for ensuring that all contributors receive social security benefits in Brazil. It is imperative that all workers register with the social welfare agency and contribute to the scheme on a monthly basis, thus being able to avail services including:

  • Accidents

  • Sickness and pregnancy

  • Old age and pension

The following is a brief outline of the labor rights of employees and benefits of the social security system:

Salary

All employees must be paid their salary by the fifth day of every month. Salaries are paid in the Brazilian official currency.

Overtime

According to Brazilian law, there is a maximum of 2 hours of overtime allowed per day – however the remuneration must be 50% above the hourly late.

Working Hours

All workers must work a minimum of 8 hours a day, or 44 hours a week. There is one holiday in each 7 day week.

13 Salary

The 13 Salary is usually paid in 2 installments, one in November and one on December. It is paid in accordance to the salary of one additional month.

Maternity Leave

Female employees who give birth are entitled to full salary for a period of 120 days. This is paid by the individual’s employer, and is deducted from the Social Security payments. 

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