I was reading an article in the Economist “Brazil’s labour laws: Employer beware” which highlighted some of the risks of running a business in Brazil. This experience is not limited to Brazil. Things like this can be found in many countries. What often seems ridiculous is status quo in some countries. In our Top Ten Tips the seventh tip is Don’t Ignore The Political Situation. Part of this is understanding local laws, rules and regulations. This article in the Economist talks about the laws that expose employers in Brazil to unecessary lawsuits and liabilitites. It is a must read for anyone considering international expansion not just to Brazil but anywhere.

What types of bizarre situations have you experienced?

The Economist article can be found here http://www.economist.com/node/18332906?story_id=18332906?fsrc=nlw|mgt|16-03-2011|management_thinking