Congress approves amendment
By Ricardo Brito
Brasilia – In a ceremony on Tuesday night, April 2, that lasted close to 50 minutes, in the presence of representatives of the three branches of government, the full National Congress officially proclaimed passage of a constitutional amendment that guarantees 17 new rights for domestic workers, giving them an equal standing with other urban and rural workers.
The measure, which had been approved by the plenary Senate in a final vote last week, establishes new rules, including an eight-hour work day and a 44-hour week, in addition to payment of overtime of at least 50 percent above normal rates. The rights are in addition to those already in effect, like the 13º salário [“the 13th paycheck,” an annual bonus equivalent to one month’s salary], weekly breaks, annual vacations and pregnancy leave. (more…)