RIO DE JANEIRO, March 22 (Xinhua) -- The lower house of the Brazilian Congress approved on Wednesday a bill to allow companies to outsource all jobs in a move to reform the country's labor law.
The bill had already been approved by the Senate and will be sent to President Michel Temer to be signed into law. This is the latest of a long list of reforms being pushed by the government.
Temer's government sees the bill as a key measure to create new jobs and make companies more competitive, while unions argue the bill will only make employment more precarious.
The country's current labor law regulates that outsourcing can be used only in the secondary activities in a company. For example, in a hospital, services like security and IT can be outsourced, but medical services cannot. A school must hire teachers directly, but can outsource cleaning services.
The new bill also rules that the hiring company will no longer be held responsible if the hired company does not ensure the rights of its workers. On the contrary, the current law regulates that a hiring company can be held responsible if its outsourced company engages in irregular activities or crimes.