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Brazil: Recruitment and selection

Updating authors: Patricia Barboza and Maury Lobo, CGM Advogados

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  • Statute prohibits employers from discriminating in access to employment on certain grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • The general prohibition of discrimination in access to employment means that, as a rule, job advertisements should not discriminate on certain grounds. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Apart from the provisions on unlawful discrimination, there is no general statutory framework governing the recruitment and selection of job applicants in the private sector. (See General)
  • The conditions of a job offer - regardless of whether it is written or oral - will be binding on the future employer. (See Job offers)
  • There are various rules relating to the employment of minors. (See Young people and children)
  • In general, foreign nationals need a visa to work in Brazil. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Employers with 100 or more employees must employ a minimum mandatory quota of employees who have disabilities or have undergone rehabilitation by the social security authorities. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)
  • In order to take up employment, workers must be in possession of an official Work and Social Security Booklet, issued by the Government. (See Recruitment formalities)