Labor Update Bulletin #93 (08/2020)

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...

  • Paternity leave to be established for husbands "directly after wife gives birth", offering more generous benefits than childcare leave;

  • MEXT issues notice on schooling support for children of foreign nationality, with consideration to entrance exams, etc.;

  • Government considers extending special exemption for employment adjustment subsidy to October or later, due to lengthening coronavirus crisis;

  • National government asked to make sure dispatch companies keep dispatch workers employed;

  • "Terminated for unfair reason" - after-school care teachers file complaint at Labor Commission;

  • Rapid rise in number of companies inviting early retirement, with full-timers included in cuts;

  • Businesses asking about closing total over 70,000, increasing by 20,000 in a month, with further increase feared - MHWL;

  • Number of oath-declared couples breaks 100 in Yokohama City's partnership system;

  • "Longest since the war" no more: economic expansion shorter than thought;

  • "M/F" disappearing from application forms as companies move to stop making distinctions based on gender;

  • 18.2% increase in number of new job seekers: June 2020 shows largest rate of increase since statistics have been kept;

  • Rate of parental leave taken by men at 7.48%, despite increasing over previous year;

  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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