The Brazilian Senate on Tuesday night approved the main text of a sweeping, government-backed labor reform by a vote of 50-26. The Senate must still vote on amendments to the bill, which has already been passed by the Chamber of Deputies. Tuesday’s Senate session was tumultuous, with opposition senators at one point occupying the dais in order to obstruct legislative activities. The bill would streamline labor relations in Brazil by allowing collective bargaining agreements to take the place of many antiquated work rules. The bill will help promote part-time work, tele-commuting, flexible work schedules and other changes. The bill was supported by the administration of President Michel Temer.
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