Yes, males can take childcare leave!

The percentage of the male workforce in Japan taking childcare leave is less than 2 percent. Employees though, especially the breadwinner, are reluctant to take childcare leave for primarily two reasons:

 

1. Childcare leave is unpaid and the childcare allowance provided through unemployment insurance only pays up to 50% of the employee’s average wage. Taking paid annual leave is their preferred choice.

2. Taking childcare leave reduces their bonus.

ECC has very clear rules regarding childcare leave that includes full and part time instructors. However, the childcare leave policy is only available in Japanese, and no reference is given to childcare leave in the full time employee work regulations or handbook. Concerned that instructors are unaware of childcare leave the union submitted demands that ECC clarify their childcare leave policy and include childcare leave in the working regulations for full and part time teachers.

ECC has agreed, and in the coming months, childcare leave for instructors will be clarified.

 


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