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Brazil’s labor reform becomes effective on November 11. What will change?

Brazil’s labor reform becomes effective on November 11. What will change?
Workers on strike on April 28, 2017, against the labor reform. Photo: Ronaldo Almerida/Shutterstock

The government argues that the labor reform is necessary to update Brazil’s ancient labor laws with modern negotiation practices and to help fight unemployment. Meanwhile, labor groups fear the reform will remove their recourse to basic workers’ rights and risk worsening unemployment, which already affects over 13 million Brazilians.

To make things easier, we’ve broken down the big changes to come with the new labor code: 

Collective Agreements and Labor Conventions

One of the core points brought by the reform is legal legitimacy to contracts signed through collective bargaining. The reform actually gives collective contracts greater legal weight than the...

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