After a marathon session, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies early Thursday approved broad legislation to modernize the nation’s antiquated labor code. The Chamber voted 296-177 to approve the main text of the government-sponsored bill. Subsequent votes swept away crippling amendments. The bill now goes to the Senate. The Chamber vote represents a major victory for the administration of President Michel Temer and his agenda of modernizing reforms. The bill would allow collective bargaining agreements between unions and companies to take precedence over rules laid down in the Consolidated Labor Code. The bill also creates more flexible rules for labor arrangements such as working from home and part-time work. The reform has faced fierce opposition from labor unions but public opinion has tended to be supportive in hopes that more flexible rules will boost employment opportunities.
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