6 worker rights no one wants you to know

Discover some of the workers' rights that remain hidden and kept under 7 keys.

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There are workers' rights that many people just don't know about, but should. After all, these are situations that offer social justice and must be watched over by the population. Incidentally, the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT) itself is a mystery to many, as point our website.

What is the CLT for and what does it represent for workers?

The Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT) is a set of norms and rules that regulate labor relations in Brazil. It was created in 1943, during the government of Getúlio Vargas, and brings together in a single document several laws and decrees related to work.

The CLT establishes workers' rights, but also provides for a series of duties for both employees and employers, including rules on hiring, working hours, vacations, salary, safety and health at work, among other topics.

In addition, it provides for worker protection mechanisms, such as the guarantee of a minimum wage, the right to overtime and retirement, and the prohibition of child labor and slave labor.

A CLT it is one of the main legal references in the Brazilian labor market and has been the subject of debates and revisions over the years, with the aim of adapting it to changes in the world of work and guaranteeing fairer and more dignified conditions for workers.

Discover some of the rights of workers that are not disclosed

There are several Brazilian workers' rights that are often not known to them. Some of the main ones are:

  1. Right to temporary stability: In certain situations, the worker is entitled to stability in employment, that is, he cannot be fired without just cause. Examples of provisional stability are pregnancy, adoption, work accidents and occupational diseases.
  2. Right to activity time: For teachers, the legislation provides for the right to activity time, which is the period dedicated to extracurricular activities, such as preparing classes, correcting tests and assignments, among others.
  3. Right to additional unhealthy and dangerous work: Workers who carry out activities in unhealthy or dangerous conditions are entitled to an additional salary to compensate for risks to their health or physical integrity.
  4. Right to equal pay: When two workers perform the same function and have the same qualification, they are entitled to receive the same salary, regardless of gender, age, race or any other condition.
  5. Right to paternity leave: Parents are entitled to a paid leave of five consecutive days after the birth of their child, which can be extended in cases of adoption or premature birth.
  6. Right to FGTS: The Severance Indemnity Fund (FGTS) is a right guaranteed to all workers with a formal contract, which consists of a monthly deposit in a bank account in the name of the worker, corresponding to 8% of gross salary. The FGTS can be withdrawn in specific situations, such as unfair dismissal, retirement, serious illness, among others.

It is important for workers to know their rights so that they can demand them when necessary and ensure better working and living conditions. If in doubt, it is advisable to seek guidance from trade unions, specialized lawyers or public bodies, such as the Ministry of Labor and Employment.


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