Labor Update Bulletin #82 (03/2020)

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...

  • “In Regard to Nationwide Temporary Closures of Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools and Special-Needs Schools in Order to Prevent Infection with Novel Coronavirus (notice)” (Gen-Monka-Hatsu #1585, Feb. 28, Reiwa 2 [2020]);

  • Prime Minister Abe admits explanation inadequate, clarifies request for school closures, indicates aid for time off work;

  • Novel virus “employment adjustment subsidy” eligibility expanded: affected businesses;

  • “Support for Parents and Guardians Taking Leave Due to Closures of Elementary Schools, Etc. (Setting Up of New Subsidy System)” MHWL release, March 2, 2020;

  • Kosei Nenkin eligibility criteria for part-timers extended: reform bill decided on in Cabinet;

  • With parents off work, Suga says support to be given to freelancers and self-employed too;

  • Wakayama high school teacher’s suicide confirmed as due to overwork: “at-home overtime and club activities the cause”;

  • Over 20 million yen in unpaid wages at JA Tsukuba;

  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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