It is World Cup season, a very special moment in Brazil. Football becomes the major topic of interest and social interaction, including for those who are only interested every four years. We spend a ridiculous amount of money with stickers, jerseys, and souvenirs. We make betting pools among family, friends and co-workers. We take time off and we have holidays, right? Well, not exactly but it certainly has special ‘jabuticaba’ status and employers need to take this into account.
Brazilians say that something is a ‘jabuticaba’ to designate a unique feature of our culture and lifestyle, which may often appear absurd to foreigners or to defy logical criticism. Another example is the FGTS, the severance fund employer pay into on employees’ behalf, which is managed by the government.
Like Carnival, World Cup match days for our national team are ‘unofficial national holidays’ (though please note that Carnival may be a local holiday in certain municipalities, notably, in Rio de Janeiro). It means that workers expect to be discharged from work and employers do not dare rowing against the tide.
To manage this situation, employers frequently adopt the following alternative arrangements:
If you have operations in Brazil, whatever arrangements you choose to put in place, just enjoy the party.
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