Employment Contract Details
Employment contracts must be in writing and in Portuguese.
The maximum probation period is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage is BRL 1,039 per month.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Normal working hours are 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday), 8 hours per day plus 1 hour per day for lunch; or 44 hours per week (Monday-Saturday) 8 hours per day plus 1 hour per day for lunch (Monday-Friday) and 4 hours per day on Saturdays.
Bonus and Expense Payments
Most employees are entitled to receive a statutory Christmas bonus corresponding to one monthly salary per year. Typically, 50% of the Christmas bonus must be paid by the 30th of November, and the other 50% on or before the 20th of December.
- Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to 120 days' leave. This period may commence up to 28 days before the due birth date. The employer is required to borne this benefit, they can then deduct it from corporate social security contributions due to the Social Security Agency.
- Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 5 paid days covered by the employer.
In the event of sickness leave, and with the presentation of an appropriate medical certificate, the employer is required to cover employee’s salary during the first 15 days. After the fifteenth day of absence, the Social Security Agency (INSS) will pay a sick leave benefit to the employee.