Brazil Benefits

Benefits vary by country in accordance with each country’s employment laws. This page serves as an overview of benefits for Brazil. The Employer of Record for Brazil, Remote, can provide additional details on the benefits that they administer (denoted below with *).

In addition to location-specific benefits, Shared Benefits are available to all employees.


  • New Year’s Day
  • Carnival
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Good Friday
  • Tiradentes Day
  • Labor Day
  • Corpus Christi
  • Independence Day
  • Our Lady Aparecida/Children’s Day
  • All Souls Day
  • Republic Proclamation Day
  • Christmas Day

All holidays are determined by the Employer of Record and may vary by year. In addition to federal holidays, Brazil also has state and municipal holidays.

Holidays that fall on the weekend do not normally transfer to other weekdays.

Annual Leave/Vacation Time*

Our Brazilian employment contracts issued by Remote list that employees are “entitled to 30 calendar days paid holiday after 12 months of work.”

In compliance with the Brazilian contracts, thoughtbot provides the following:

Full-time employees accrue 20 work days of vacation during their first year of employment. Your vacation accrual increases to 25 work days per year on your first anniversary at thoughtbot.

Sick Time*

Employees accrue 15 days of sick time per year. Sick time is to take care of yourself or a loved one.

Parental Leave*

All thoughtbot team members are eligible for both paid and unpaid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The paid and unpaid leave can be combined for up to 6 months of total time off. In locations with their own system for paid leave, thoughtbot’s policy runs concurrently with the local system.

In Brazil birthing parents are entitled to 120 calendar days of leave at 100% their regular salary.

thoughtbot ensures 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all non-birthing parents.

Bereavement Leave

Employees may take up to 5 paid days off for the death of someone close. This includes pregnancy loss. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family. If you need more than 5 days off, you can also use your accrued paid time off or unpaid time off.

Marriage Leave*

Employees are entitled to three consecutive days of paid leave when they get married.

Medical Insurance*

Medical insurance is available through Omint.


Employees in Brazil are entitled to a 13th-month payment. This is an amount equal to one month’s salary which is paid out to employees in two parts in November and December.

Meal Card*

Employees receive R$30.00 per workday (22 days/mo) paid in advance to your VR Meal Card.

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Remote. Payments are made in equal semimonthly installments, payable in arrears. All bonuses, stipends, and expenses reimbursements are added to the final paycheck of the month. The cut off date for submitting and approving expenses is the 10th of the month.