Article 2.I



Forced labour Slavery Social protection

Article 2.I provides that the unemployment insurance program aims to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed due to unfair dismissal, including indirect unfair dismissal, and to workers who have been rescued from forced labour or from conditions similar to slavery.


This mechanism ensures that workers rescued from a situation of forced labour or conditions analogous to slavery will receive a payment of three installments of unemployment insurance, each in the amount of one minimum wage. The law also establishes the services to be provided to the rescued worker by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Ministry, through the National Employment System (SINE) should provide the worker with vocational training and assist him or her in securing employment.

This benefit is a temporary form of assistance for unemployed workers dismissed without just cause and to workers who have been subjected to situations analogous to slavery.

To receive this benefit, rescued workers must present the following documents to their regional labour delegation or worker reception post: Work and Social Security Card book; Conditions for Termination of Contract (TRCT) or document issued by the Special Mobile Inspection Group, verifying that the worker has been subjected to  a situation analogous to slavery; and proof of individual contributor status or possession of a card for PIS-PASEP (the Social Integration Program and the Public Servants’ Patrimonial Development Fund).

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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.