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Brazil: Contracts of employment

Original and updating authors: Thais Galo and Thiago Teno, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Consultant editor: Luiz Guilherme Migliora, Veirano Advogados


  • In general, there are no statutory requirements as to the form or content of individual employment contracts, which may be oral or written. (See General)
  • Probationary periods may be stipulated as a term in an open-ended employment contract, or take the form of a specific fixed-term contract for this purpose. (See Probationary periods)
  • Open-ended contracts are the norm and fixed-term contracts may be concluded only in specified circumstances and for a specified maximum period. (See Types of contract)
  • There is no statutory obligation on the employer to provide the employee with a written statement of the main terms and conditions of employment. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • The employer cannot unilaterally amend the employment contract. (See Variation of contract)