Brazil’s Labour Reform: Flexibility at What Cost?

Diogo Silva


Abstract Purpose. The study presented here consists of an analysis of the latest labour law reform in Brazil as a response to the crisis that affects this country.
Design/methodology/approach. The analysis considers some key alterations across in order to highlight the principal scope of the labour law reform, in individual, collective and procedural labour law. 
Findings. Although the main purpose of the reform was to incentivize the labour market, it is questionable that these particular reforms will be able to fulfill such a scope. Without prejudice, it can be recognizable as an important modernization of the labour law regulations, considering the former law dated from 1943 (notwithstanding the minor alterations along the years).
Research limitations/implications. The research is part of a debate adding a perspective from a Southern-American country. 
Originality/value. The paper consists of further material for an ongoing discussion on the impact of a crisis in the labour market and the adequacy of reforms as a response to them.
Paper type. Issues paper.

Keywords: Brazil, Labour law, Flexibility, Reform, Constitutionality.