Maternity Leave

Find out about the leave and benefit entitlements for parents in Brazil...

Brazilian labor laws almost invariably fall on the employee's side and a woman who has been in formally registered employment for a minimum of three months is entitled to a number of benefits. During pregnancy, such benefits include time off for hospital visits, sick leave if necessary and exemption from heavy-duty tasks. It is recommended to inform the employer as soon as possible in order to take advantage of these benefits.

In 2008, maternity leave was extended from 120 to 180 days, however, the supplementary 60 days are optional for private companies. Companies that choose to grant the additional 60 days may deduct the additional salary paid to the woman from their income tax. This fully-paid leave may begin at any time from the eighth month of pregnancy, with many women opting to rest during their ninth month to use the rest of the time to care for their newborn. This is entirely up to the woman and should be arranged directly with the Human Resources or Personnel department at the place of work.