bill, approved 231-188 after heated debate, also extends to nine
months from three the maximum duration of temporary work
contracts, a more flexible rule that will lower costs for
President Michel Temer's government sees the bill as a key
measure to create new jobs and help pull Brazil from a two-year
recession, its worst ever.
Unions say it will make employment more precarious and increase
the ranks of the 12 million unemployed in Latin America's
largest economy. Its backers say Brazil's labor laws, which date
from the 1950s, do not take into account work conditions in the
age of the internet and cause high labor costs that make
Brazilian companies uncompetitive in a global market.
"The modernization of our labor laws with outsourcing and
temporary work will create a new employment environment in the
country and generate jobs," the bill's sponsor Laercio Oliveira
of the Social Democratic Party said.
The bill was opposed by leftist opponents led by the Workers
Party, which held up a proposal first past in 1998 during its 13
years in power that ended last year with the impeachment of
former President Dilma Rousseff.
Another outsourcing bill will be put to the vote in the Senate
in coming days, giving Temer a choice of legislation to sign
into law or veto.
(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Anthony Boadle;
Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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