(Sept. 3, 2008) The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on August 13, 2008, the proposal for a new law that expands maternity leave from the current four months established in the Constitution to an optional six months. The proposal was previously discussed, voted on, and approved by the Federal Senate and will now be forwarded to the President of Brazil for his approval.
Pursuant to the proposal, the option to grant or to use the two extra months of leave can be exercised by either the employer or the mother, respectively. In the case of private companies, the extra time may be applied towards a tax deduction that would enter into force in 2010. The law will now be forwarded to the President of Brazil for his approval. (Câmara Aprova Licença-Maternidade de Até Seis Meses, O GLOBO (O)NLINE, Aug, 13, 2008, available at http://oglobo.globo.com/vivermelhor/mulher/mat/2008/08/13/camara_aprova_