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Senate speeds up work on labor modernization project

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Agreement between party leaders foresees voting on July 11. Proposal gives strength to collective bargaining, and makes contracting rules simpler

By 46 votes to 19, the Federal Senate approved on Tuesday (4) the urgency requirement of the project that modernizes the Brazilian labor legislation. According to the schedule scheduled by the senators, the discussion on merit starts tomorrow (5) and ends next week.

Leaders' agreement has established that the discussion begins on Wednesday. However, the vote on the bill, which received a favorable opinion in the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) last week, should start on Tuesday (11) and continue the next day (12). If approved, the matter follows to sanction of the president of the Republic, Michel Temer.

Sent to the National Congress last week, the proposal revolves around a main axis: the prevalence of collective agreements on legislation. In practice, this will formalize a series of behaviors that were previously informal and which, with the new law, have the potential to draw many workers from the informal labor market.

Vacation installments - previously only permitted in exceptional cases; Bank of hours; Rest interval; Remote work - known as home office ; career path; Among other points may be settled directly with the employer and, more important, with the certainty that the agreement will be fulfilled, once it will have force of law.