A government bill to make labor laws more flexible advanced in the Brazilian Senate on Tuesday when the Economic Affairs Committee voted 14-11 to approve the legislation. The Senators endorsed a version of the bill already passed by the Chamber of Deputies. The bill must still pass muster with two more Senate panels, the Committee on Social Affairs and the Judiciary Committee, before facing a vote before the full Senate. The bill was introduced earlier this year by the administration of President Michel Temer. It would end decades of rigid controls over labor relations, allowing greater flexibility for unions and employers to negotiate work rules. The bill, if enacted, will help promote flexible working hours, work-at-home and part-time work, among other practices.
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