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Brazil Carnival Public Holidays Legislation

Source: Agência Câmara de Notícias (Brasilia)
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: February 3, 2021

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is studying the Bill 1222/20 which would amend the Law 662/49, which regulates Brazilian public holidays, by adding Carnival Tuesday as an annual public holiday in Brazil, although "On these dates, only private and administrative activities that are absolutely essential will be allowed".

As per the bill's sponsor, Alexandre Frota ( PSDB-SP), "Carnival is undoubtedly the largest and most important popular event in Brazil, but there are places where it is not a holiday, and companies may require that unpaid hours be compensated in the month".

The idea of tinkering with Carnival as a public holiday has been in the news regularly over the years (2013-02-06, 2011-07-21, 2009-09-30, 2009-06-23, 2009-01-28, 2008-05-26), but the corresponding bills never became law.

The Bill 1222/20 now moves to the following commissions; Desenvolvimento Econômico, Indústria, Comércio e Serviços, Cultura, and Constituição e Justiça e de Cidadania.

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