Labor Update Bulletin #96 (09/2020)

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...

  • "Corporate Enterprise Statistics Survey, Apr.-Jun. Reiwa 2 [2020]: Assets, Liabilities, Etc." (Finance Ministry publication) shows unprecedented 8.3% decrease in total employee pay compared to same period of previous year;

  • National overview of minimum wages by prefecture: MHWL;

  • "Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Family and Child Care Leave Act, and General Promotion of Labor Measures Act all apply to dispatch recipients too": MHWL pamphlet;

  • Matsuyama U. professors sue for unpaid overtime;

  • "Fake voluntary resignations" because of COVID-19: series of consultations from foreign technical interns;

  • Workers’ compensation granted at production company in TV Tokyo group: 48 days of work in a row causes adjustment disorder;

  • Marriage bonus for same-sex couples too: Tottori Prefecture staff benefits;

  • Just under 40% of local government workers non-regular (part-time etc.): Jichiro survey shows increase over 4 years ago;

  • Large increase in suicides: over 1,800 in August;

  • Hirosaki City considers adopting "Partner System" for sexual minorities - first in Tohoku;

  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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