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Brazil – Job security improves for pregnant temporary workers

17 September 2012

Brazil’s Higher Labour Court ruled on Friday last week that women employed under a temporary contract must be given “stable” employment prospects should they become pregnant, overturning previous judgements on the matter.

The Court said that employers must ensure that women can stay in their jobs during their pregnancy and also be entitled to five months of maternity leave.

These entitlements had so far only been applicable to women employed on indefinite employment contracts.

Local media have widely picked up on the ruling of the Court, which had reviewed a number of case law last week.

The Court also announced several other decisions, improving job security to employees who have had a work-related accident. In this case, any worker who has signed an employment contract, including short-term contracts, will be entitled to stay in their jobs.

Employers who do not comply with the recent ruling by the Labour Court will risk high fines, the Court warned. 

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