Backed then sacked on WhatsApp as Brazil cracks under remote work tasks

An increasing number of dismissals are being carried out over digital platforms. Though legal, the practice is generating complaints and lawsuits as remote work booms in Brazil

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Back in 2009, romantic comedy “Up in the Air,” starring George Clooney, introduced to many the concept of remote firings. At the time, it sounded like a brutal, disrespectful way to terminate contracts. But in the Covid-19 world, this cold and impersonal way of transmitting the news has become increasingly common — not through video calls, but rather on WhatsApp. 

And in Brazil, there are no regulations against letting someone go this way. 

Due to the health crisis, many companies were forced to reorganize and adopt a remote working model in order to comply with social isolation rules and protect...

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