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The Brazilian Senate approves the reduction in working hours and wages as long as the pandemic continues

The Brazilian Senate voted 75 votes this Tuesday, and none against the bill allowing temporary suspension and cut in workdays and wages while the health crisis caused by COVID-19 continues. .

The text, which the Brazilian government believes is essential to deal with the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, will be forwarded to President Jair Bolsonaro in the coming days to sign it.

The goal is to extend it until the end of the year when the Brazilian authorities hope that the COVID-19 situation has ended. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning to save 10,693 million reais (around 1,800 million euros).

The Brazilian Senate approves the reduction in working hours and wages as long as the pandemic continues
The Brazilian Senate approves the reduction in working hours and wages as long as the pandemic continues

The measure allows the working day to be reduced from 25 to 70 percent, reducing the employee’s salary proportionally and even suspending the contract for two months, with compensatory measures such as full payment of unemployment.

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