Labor Update Bulletin #77 (12/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in general in Japan.

In this bulletin...

  • For employment insurance, work hours at side jobs to be added for those over 65

  • "Power harassment" (pawahara) to be listed clearly in workers’ compensation standards: debate begins on mental disorders

  • Government to consider submitting bill in 2020 to extend the retirement age for public servants, starting in 2022

  • Options for working until 70 expanded to include support for starting businesses, philanthropic activities

  • Hours at side jobs to be added when granting compensation approval

  • National government decides on policy for judging power harassment: guideline for requirement on companies to take prevention measures

  • Limitation on claims for unpaid overtime to be made three years for now, lengthened to five years in the future

  • Private school teacher commits suicide after complaining to friend about pressure of club activities; family to apply for compensation

  • Labor Bureau gives corrective guidance to Takenaka Corporation for direction of non-company workers on-site, fake outsourcing, and others

  • Another step backward for gender equality: in gender gap index for 2019, Japan sets a new low record and comes in at 121st place - the lowest of any G7 country

  • Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) makes "getting away from Japanese-style employment" a clear part of their Shunto plan

  • 2019 "Black Company" award goes to Mitsubishi Electric, the first company to receive the award for two years in a row

  • Number of births falls under 900,000 in 2019 for the first time - decline in birthrate proceeding faster than expected

  • Toyota union proposes pay rises according to evaluation

  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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