Brazilian government changes social security rules

On December 30th 2014, Provisional Measure No. 664/2014 significantly changed social benefits regulation in Brazil. The Provisional Measure will enter into force on March 1st 2015.

The previous legislation (Law No. 8.213/1991) provided that following an accident or illness of an employee, companies had to pay for the first 15 days of the employee’s absence from work, the remaining period was covered by Brazilian Social Security (INSS).

Provisional Measure No. 664/2014 extended the companies’ burden to 30 days.