01 Feb '12, 3am

Brazilians may be able to charge overtime for answering email after office hours, under new law

RIO DE JANEIRO (BLOOMBERG) - Brazilians tired of answering their bosses' after-hours e-mail messages may be able to charge overtime based on a law businesses expect to hurt competitiveness in Latin America's largest economy. Using portable communications devices is equivalent to working in the office, according to legislation signed by President Dilma Rousseff last December. The law is one more obstacle companies say they face in Brazil, where regulations mandating everything from employer-provided breakfasts to union contributions are a daily drag on efficiency bemoaned for decades as the 'Custo Brasil', or Brazil Cost. It takes less time to set up a business in Nigeria or Mongolia than it does in Brazil, according to the World Bank, which ranked it No. 126 out of 183 countries in its competitiveness study for this year. 'It's very worrying,' labour relations head Emerson...

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