Article 2C


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Forced labour Slavery Social protection

Article 2.C provides that a worker identified as subjected to forced labour, or reduced to a regime of conditions analogous to slavery will be redeemed from this situation and will have the right to receive three unemployment insurance instalments worth a minimum wage each.

The worker rescued under the heading of this article shall be forwarded, by the Ministry of Labour, for professional training and placement in the labour market through the National Employment System – SINE (as established by the Executive Council of the Support Fund to Workers – CODEFAT).


It is among the Ministry of Labour’s duties to inspect workplaces and to intervene where necessary. The Ministry will determine whether working conditions amount as “analogous to slavery” on a case by case basis.

The minimum wage is annually established by the Brazilian Government. Decree 8,381, of December 29, 2014, sets forth the new Brazilian’s minimum wage for the year 2015.

Minimum wage in Brazil is established as a monthly payment.

The Consolidation of Labour Laws also sets forth rules regarding the minimum wage Articles 76 and followings).

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Law / 20 December 2002 / Brazil / Law No. 7.998, of January 11, 1990, to ensure the payment of the unemployment insurance to the worker rescued from a condition analogous to slavery

Law No. 7.998 of 1990 regulates the Unemployment Insurance Program, the Salary Bonus, and creates the Fund for Workers (FAT), amongst other measures. The unemployment insurance program is a Government program which provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements. The amendment provided by Law No. 10,608 of December 20, 2002 ensures payment of unemployment benefits to workers rescued from a condition analogous to slavery.