Constitutional reforms (in 2013) have given domestic workers equal labour rights as workers in other sectors including overtime pay, unemployment insurance, a pension, a maximum 8-hour working day, and 44-hour working week. A new collective agreement (26 August 2013) – valid in 26 municipalities – includes a wage floor for live-in domestic workers which rises depending on their responsibilities. In 2015, a new law was passed (lei complementar 150, supplementing Constitutional provisions) granting domestic workers (who work more than two days a week for the same employer) the same rights as other workers, including working time, social security benefits and paid maternity leave.

KEY ELEMENTS: Law – Constitutional reform