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Domestic Workers Law Goes Into Effect

By Maria Lopez Conde, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian Congress finalized a constitutional amendment that grants domestic workers the same rights as salaried workers last week, including eight-hour work days and overtime pay. Lawmakers and labor rights advocates lauded the amendment, while others feared rounds of dismissals and the end of hired help for the upper-middle classes.

“Today, 125 years after the end of slavery, only today are we closing the last slave’s house and throwing away the key,” said the President of Congress, Renan Calheiros, last week.

In 1888, Brazil became the last . . .

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