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Brazil Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 18, 2024.

Public Holidays in Brazil for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 12 & 13 Carnival
March 29 Good Friday
April 21 Tiradentes Day
May 1 International Worker’s Day
May 30 (Second Thursday after Withsunday) Corpus Christi
September 7 Independence Day
October 12 Our Lady of Aparecida (Holy Mary’s Day)
November 2 All Souls’ Day
November 15 Republic Day
November 20 Black Consciousness Day
December 25 Christmas

Besides official public holidays, some states and cities also observe regional holidays:

  • 20th April – Bridge Holiday – Sao Paolo
  • 9th July – State Rebellion Day – Sao Paolo
  • 20th November – Black Awareness Day – Many states and cities


PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to 30 days of paid vacation, after one year of consecutive employment. Employees are allowed no more than 6 days of absence during that year.  Employees have the right to work one-third of the vacation period, at double pay.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy Not specified by law

  • PTO payout at the termination 

An employee dismissed without cause is entitled to the following compensation:

  • Pre-notice – 30 to 90 days’ salary, proportionally to the time of service in the company
  • Proportional salary for the days worked after the last payment
  • Proportional 13th salary
  • Proportional vacation pay
  • Proportional vacation bonus
  • Authorization to withdraw the Severance Fund (8 % of the salary deposited every month)
  • Penalty equal 40 % of the total amount deposited in the Severance Fund.

If the dismissal is agreed between the parties, the employee will be entitled to the same severance payment as in the case of dismissal without a cause, with exception to the notice period and penalty related to the Severance Fund which is paid in half.

An employee dismissed for a cause is entitled to a proportional 13th salary and vacation pay, if any. 

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 120 days of paid maternity leave. Leave may start on any day during the last month of pregnancy. This period can be extended for additional 60 days if the employer and employee agree.

Female employees receive mandatory maternity leave of four months paid by the Social Security Agency.

Female employees are entitled to keep their jobs from the date of conception until five months after the child is born. 

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 5 days of paid leave, which can be extended to 15 additional days.

Adoption Leave

In the case of adoption, employees are entitled to the same rights and benefits as for maternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 15 days of paid sick leave.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to two days of paid leave due to a death of a close relative or a family member, such as a parent, child, or spouse.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Brazil Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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