Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Brazil as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Brazil: Revised DP Law

Although the Data Protection Law (LGPD) was passed back in August 2018, there have been a series of delays …

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Brazil: Return to work protocols for São Paulo

The state government of São Paulo has recently published detailed return-to-work protocols covering five main areas: social distancing, personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitation of areas, communication, and monitoring of health conditions …

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Brazil: Record number of deaths due to COVID-19

COVID-19 deaths are now running at over 1,000 a day, with approaching 600,000 total cases – second only to the USA …

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Brazil: Senate postpones its national data protection law

Back in February, we reported that the General Data Protection Law (LGPD) was set to come into force in August this year …

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Brazil: 7M pay cuts

The Federal Government’s Provisional Measure 934, which allowed employers to suspend employment contracts and reduce working hours and pay as an alternative to terminating workers, has resulted in pay cuts for over seven million workers …

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Brazil: Additional job fee to cover hygiene costs during the state of emergency

The Labour Court in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has ordered the transport company Platform 99 to pay its self-employed drivers an additional 10% of their job fee …

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Brazil: Constructive dismissal during cases

In light of the coronavirus crisis, what would be the consequences of an employer giving a formal warning to an employee for ignoring hygiene rules, if the employee consequently walked out and claimed “indirect termination” (Article 483 of the CLT – sometimes called “constructive dismissal”)? We are still awaiting a COVID-related case, but in Brazil, a Regional Labour Court recently heard the case of a restaurant worker who was found to not use appropriate workwear and follow clean working practices in the kitchen …

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Brazil: Provisional measure #905 – another labour reform?

A set of so-called “green and yellow” provisional labour reforms were introduced at the end of 2019, mainly aimed at reducing long-term employment for young people …

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Brazil: Privacy law LGPD in effect August 2020

The General Data Protection Law (LGPD) is now set to come into force in August this year, although within its originating text it was due to be effective this month …

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Brazil: Minimum wage increased for 2020

The Brazilian government has increased the national gross minimum pay level by 4 …

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Brazil: Retirement law passed the final amendments

In September we reported that President Jair Bolsonaro’s retirement law proposal was approved in the first round by the House of Representatives and was awaiting the Senate’s final approval …

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Brazil: Supreme Court decides it is lawful to outsource all business activities

The Supreme court has finally abandoned its insistence that companies contracting out core business activities could be left liable to a claim from employees of the outsourcing company that they are in an employment relationship with them (Precedent 331) …

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Brazil: Pension system overhaul

Back in July, we reported that President Jair Bolsonaro’s retirement law proposal was approved in the first round by the House of Representatives, albeit with some introduced amendments …

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Brazil: GDP shrinks

As reported in our Economic Bulletin, the Brazilian economy is continuing to weaken …

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Brazil: The Hague Service Convention is promulgated in Brazil

Brazil has recently joined the 1965 Hague Convention on the “Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters” …

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