By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the current economic woes faced by the country, Brazil’s federal government announced that as of January 1st, 2016 the minimum wage will increase by 11.6 percent to R$880.00 per month (US$228.00), which corresponds to R$4.00 per hour. In 2015 the monthly minimum wage was of R$788.00 (US$220.00).

According to government officials the yearly increase of the minimum wage has always been a priority for the Rousseff Administration. “With the decree signed by President Dilma Rousseff, the federal . . .

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