By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Under a new law in Brazil the rights of people employed as maids are now protected. Employers who do not register their domestic workers can now be fined.
The new law is part of new measures to provide basic employment protection for seven million domestic workers.
Employers can now face fines of several hundred dollars each time they break the law.
A constitutional amendment limits domestic workers to a 44-hour week and defines other basic entitlements such as an eight-hour working day, the right to the minimum wage, lunch breaks, social security and severance pay.
If the employee is fired without just cause, the employer has to pay a lump sum worth 40 percent of the pot, plus an added 10 percent for the government.