Maternity leave in Brazil

Maternity leave in Brazil is a working woman's right set forth in the Constitution and it serves so that pregnant mothers can rest prenatally and postnatally, charging a benefit for it.

Brazil, thanks to the reform of the law promoted by the Lula Da Silva government in 2010, has become almost at the forefront of Latin America in terms of maternity leave, only behind Chile, Venezuela or Cuba.

All Brazilian women who have contributed to social security for a period of 10 months are in a position to receive maternity leave so that they do not have to work with advanced gestation and so that they can enjoy their newborn after delivery.

In addition, Brazil has been a pioneer country in granting maternity leave to a homosexual man who, together with his partner, decided to adopt a child, and although social security has communicated that the case does not serve to set a precedent, it really is. This is the case and there are many homosexual couples in a situation of adoption who are requesting maternity leave.

According to the latest reform, Brazilian mothers with the right to enjoy maternity leave have 4 months of rest in the private sector, and can be extended in some professional sectors, such as the public, up to 6 months. But in addition, the government helps private companies with tax incentives to extend maternity leave to 6 months.

In the specific case of adoption, the length of the leave varies according to the age of the adopted child. If she is up to 1 year old, the license is 120 days; if between 1 and 4 years, the license is 60 days; and if you are 4-8 years old, the license is 30 days.

Working moms in the private sector will receive 100% of the salary for the duration of the maternity leave. The one in charge of making the payment is the company where you work, which will then receive the amount issued by the INSS. While public sector or self-employed workers must manage the collection of the subsidy directly with the Brazilian social security.

Diego Fernandez. Editor of our site

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