Civil servants in Brazil will not have to worry or make excuses about being late for work because of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, after a government minister announced a change in working hours to allow them to watch the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
With Brazil’s group-stage matches broadcast in Australia in the early hours of the morning, administration minister Esther Dweck told civil servants that they could turn up until two hours after matches finished.
The decree stated that “on days when matches are played at 7:30 a.m., business hours will start at 11 a.m. Brasilia time.
The decree added that “on the days when the matches will be played at 8:00 am, the working hours will start at 12:00 noon, Brasilia time.”
Brazil won 8 titles in the Women’s Copa America, which is a record, but its best achievement in the Women’s World Cup was in 2007 when it lost to Germany in the final.
Brazil plays in Group F, and begins its campaign next Monday against Panama in Adelaide before facing France in Brisbane and Jamaica in Melbourne.