Brazil is the largest country in South America with 200 million people, and the 9th largest economy in the world. The official language is Portuguese, which is the main language used for newspapers, TV, business and administration purposes.

With a labor force of over 107 million people, Brazil offers unique opportunities for expansion and growth. But expanding and managing payroll in Brazil isn’t as easy as it sounds, as it is a developing nation with lagging infrastructure and technology, and a slow and cumbersome legal system. Language is an important part of the national identity and culture, and they are the only country in the Americas with Portuguese as the official language.

Setting up payroll in Brazil includes using eSocial – a reporting obligation from the Brazilian Tax Authorities to collect labor, social security, and tax information for employees and contractors. This reporting impacts many areas of a business including accounting, tax, and financial departments.

Hiring employees in Brazil has many regulations, including:

  • The average work day is 8 hours, or 44 hours maximum per week, with specific overtime rules
  • The minimum wage is 1,100 BRL per month, and employees must be paid at least once per month
  • Employers must keep employee contracts on file and submit reporting electronically to the government for payroll, social security, and other related documents
  • The Labour Code regulates weekend pay, commissions paid to sales employees, employment contracts, workers’ strike rights, and more
  • Collective bargaining agreements are binding like labor laws, but rules more beneficial to employees will be enforced
  • Foreign workers need a working visa in Brazil, either temporary (less than 2 years) or permanent
  • Some workers (contractors, domestic employees) are not protected by the Labour Code, and Managers/Directors and other high-level employees are less protected

Funding options for payroll are restricted in Brazil. If you have a local bank account, you can pay employees directly, or the in-country provider can upload a file to your company online banking for you to approve and execute payroll. If you do not have a bank account, the in-country provider creates an “accounts payable report” and you have to enter the details into the company bank account and makes payments to employees as “accounts payable”.

If you are just getting started, or expanding in Brazil, there are challenging aspects of payroll. Blue Marble has simplified payroll and compliance so you can easily pay employees and manage compliance in one platform. Our cloud-based payroll technology with customized reporting gives you real-time access to your payroll costs in Brazil, and automatically updates with changes to ensure compliance with in-country regulations. We have a dedicated US based team and in-country experts in Brazil to help when questions come up, and provide payroll and compliance assistance where needed.

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