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New law supports domestic workers’ rights in Brazil

New law supports domestic workers’ rights in Brazil

BRASÍLIA (BDCi) – New measures will provide basic protection for about seven million domestic workers in Brazil who have long been excluded from the nation’s labor laws.

As part of the new law, employers may be fined several hundred dollars for failing to register the employment of a domestic worker.

The recent legislation has also led to many families hiring other workers for alternate shifts, as well as some employers doing more of the work themselves.

A constitutional amendment last year gave domestic workers a 44-hour work week and defined other rights, like the right to a minimum wage, a lunch break and social security.

Most of the changes have already been implemented, but challenges continue to arise surrounding these workers’ government severance fund.