Government issues ANNOUNCEMENT for Brazilians who are forced to work on holidays

Thousands of Brazilians still work during holidays, depending on the service they provide. See the government statement on the topic!

The federal government, through the Ministry of Labor and Employment, made an announcement about those who work on holidays that is causing people to talk!

Therefore, people who fit this definition should pay attention to find out more details. Follow along!

Do you need to work on holidays because of your role? See the official government statement about this! / Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

What does the law currently say about working on holidays?

Currently, Brazilian law requires that work on holidays be negotiated through a collective agreement or individual agreement between employer and employee.

In some cases, legislation allows the compensation of these days worked with days off on other days.

Furthermore, the law stipulates that working on holidays may imply payment of overtime or specific additional pay, guaranteeing additional rights to workers who provide services on those days.

Who should follow these rules?

Typically, workers in sectors considered essential often work on holidays. This includes employees at supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals, emergency services and gas stations.

Furthermore, workers in restaurants, hotels and some retail sectors may also work on holidays, especially in tourist areas or large cities.

These professionals keep critical and convenience services running, even on days that, for many, are rest days.

Does the same apply to optional points?

Unlike official holidays, optional holidays do not have specific regulations in terms of labor rights.

This means that there is no obligation to pay additional or compensation for working on these days, unless there is a provision in a collective agreement or employment agreement.

In short, the decision to open or close the company and how to manage the work of employees during optional periods is generally at the discretion of the employer, and must always respect what was agreed in the employment contract or collective agreement for the category.

Government talks about new rules for those who work on holidays

Since 2021, work on Sundays and holidays has been permitted for certain sectors, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

However, from November 2023, this facility was changed: now, release only happens through a collective agreement or direct negotiation with the worker.

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Are changes coming?

Now, the Lula government plans to bring news next month! A new ordinance will change part of the rules.

Negotiation continues to be necessary, but some categories will have easier release.

Therefore, a list of exceptions, including supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations, will be published, eliminating the need for collective agreement.

What is the impact of these changes?

Overall, this decision, made after negotiation between workers and business owners in the wholesale and retail sector, aims to balance the needs of employers with the rights of workers. The measure will come into force immediately after its publication.

Check out all the holidays for 2024

In 2024, national holidays in Brazil will be as follows:

January 1st (Monday): Universal Celebration (New Year) February 9th (Friday): Carnival (optional point) February 10th (Saturday): Carnival (optional point) February 11th (Sunday): Carnival ( optional point) February 12th (Monday): Carnival (optional point) February 13th (Tuesday): Carnival (optional point) March 29th (Friday): Passion of Christ (Good Friday)21 April 1st (Sunday): Tiradentes May 1st (Wednesday): Labor Day May 30th (Thursday): Corpus Christi September 7th (Saturday): Independence of Brazil October 12th (Saturday): Our Lady of Aparecida – Patroness of Brazil2 November 15th (Saturday): All Souls’ Day 15th November (Friday): Proclamation of the Republic 25th December (Wednesday): Christmas

Keep in mind that some states and municipalities may have additional local holidays. In leap years, such as 2024, some dates may change, so it is always a good idea to check the specific calendar for the year.

Stay tuned for news

Changes to working rules on holidays reflect the search for a balance between flexibility for business and protection of workers’ rights.

That said, it’s important to stay aware of updates and understand how they affect you, whether as an employer or employee.

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