Brazil’s Rousseff Vetoes Bill for Mandatory Tipping in Service

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed a bill which would require restaurant clients to tip waiters and waitresses ten percent of the bill as a service tax, whether they liked the service or not. According to the President in her justification for the veto, the bill was unconstitutional, since it would obligate clients to pay a service fee.

Rousseff is said to have consulted the Ministries of Justice, Finance, Planning and Labor before making the decision to veto the bill. The bill had been approved by Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?