Author:Joana Simões de Melo Costa, Ana Luiza Neves de Holanda Barbosa, Guilherme Hirata
Subject: Employment Policies
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Abstract: "In Brazil, approximately 16 per cent of women with professional occupations (more than 6 million people) held jobs as domestic workers in 2014. This occupation is historically associated with poor working conditions, such as lack of legal registration (informality), low wages and high weekly working hours. It is also a unique occupation because, until 2015, it was not governed by the same labour rules as all other private occupations. Other private occupations are subject to the Consolidated Labour Laws from 1943. Instead, labour rules for paid domestic work were set by a specific law (Law No. 5,859) in 1972 and by the 1988 Federal Constitution. The reason for this distinct treatment is the nature of the job performed by domestic workers, usually at the employer’s home and very close to their family". (…)

keywords: Effects, domestic worker, legislation, reform, Brazil
Date Publication: 10/07/2016 - 08:02
Type/Issue: One Pager / 336
ISSN: 2318-9118
Language: English