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Bolsonaro pushes to deepen the 2017 labor reform

The Brazilian government wants to pass laws deepening the 2017 labor reform, as a gesture to the business sector. But time is running out to do so before the election in October

labor reform Unemployed workers wait in line for a job interview. Photo: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress
Unemployed workers wait in line for a job interview. Photo: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress

As Brazil’s October general election approaches, the federal government is racing against time to pass measures furthering the 2017 labor reform.

The government has promised the productive sector and business community that it will change existing rules, which are still considered too rigid by employers. There is a sense that making these changes would increase support among the business class for President Jair Bolsonaro’s re-election campaign.

The government also hopes that greater flexibility would help create new jobs, even if they are in the informal sector. Currently, almost 40 million Brazilians — close to half of the workforce —...

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