Government will publish new requirements for Brazilians who work on holidays; understand!

New rules for working on holidays in Brazil. Find out how the Ministry of Labor’s ordinance will affect commerce and which activities are exempt from collective agreements.

The Ministry of Labor and Employment is about to publish a new ordinance that will have a significant impact on the functioning of Brazilian commerce during the holidays.

In short, this measure aims to clarify and regulate which activities can operate without the need for a collective agreement and which will be subject to this requirement.

Among the new features, the inclusion of pharmacies and gas stations in the list of exceptions stands out. The idea is to allow these establishments to operate on public holidays, even without prior authorization.

Discover the changes to the rules for operating on holidays and how this will affect Brazilians. (Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

Will holidays change?

One of the most notable changes that this new ordinance will bring is the inclusion of pharmacies and gas stations among the activities that will not require a collective agreement to operate during the holidays.

Namely, this decision was based on the need to guarantee the population’s continued access to essential services, even on rest days.

The decision to exempt these establishments from the collective agreement requirement reflects a concern for the well-being of consumers and the importance of keeping these services available, regardless of the date on the calendar.

Details of the new ordinance on changes to holidays

Although the full text of the new ordinance has not yet been published in the Official Gazette of the Union (DOU), it is expected that it will provide clarification on which activities will be exempt from the need for a collective agreement and which will not.

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Luiz Marinho, emphasized the importance of a consensus between employers and workers to achieve a balance in this process.

History and controversies

The discussion about working on holidays gained prominence after the publication of an ordinance in November of the previous year, which restricted the operation of commerce on these days.

This measure aimed to invalidate an ordinance considered unconstitutional, dated 2021, which allowed work on holidays without the approval of the unions.

The new rule would come into force from January 1, 2024, but faced resistance from various sectors of the economy and parliamentarians.

Faced with criticism and concern about maintaining jobs and tax collection, essential for financing public policies, the government chose to reformulate the original ordinance and launch a new text by March 2024.

Furthermore, the agreement established the creation of a tripartite table to discuss the matter, involving representatives from the labor sectors, employers and the government itself.

What to expect in 2024?

This new ordinance represents an effort to find a balance between market needs and the protection of workers’ rights.

In this way, the intention is to ensure that essential activities, such as pharmacies and gas stations, continue to serve the population even on public holidays.

The government is committed to creating a fair and regulated work environment for all Brazilians.

Therefore, wait for more information in the coming weeks, when the full text of the ordinance will be published in the Official Gazette of the Union (DOU).

We will closely follow the news and update you on the changes that this new regulation will bring to the working scenario on holidays in Brazil.

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