Labor Update Bulletin #127 (11/2021)

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...

  • “Q&A on Revisions to Shobyo Teate (sickness/disability allowance) and Voluntary Insurance Continuation System”: Insurance Bureau, Insurance Section, MHWL
  • “Power harassment prevention measures” to be made mandatory for small and mid-size businesses starting April 1, 2022
  • Immigration Agency to rethink Special Skills visa: road to permanent residency widens for foreign workers
  • Leave support payments to be reduced starting January, employment subsidies as well: MHWL
  • Multiple postmasters in Hiroshima leave workplaces, put up election posters: “directed to take paid leave”
  • Mie U. may have left affiliated school teachers’ overtime unpaid for 17 years, since shift to national university corporation--unknown number affected
  • Hamamatsu City to make ordinance to eliminate discrimination: forbids “outing” people’s sexual orientation, etc.
  • GDP much worse than private estimate; government’s recovery scenario “almost impossible”
  • Shunto goal “company minimum wage of at least \1,150”: RENGO increases demand amount
  • “Long-term jobless”, unemployed for a year or more, number an average of 660,000 each month: unemployment becoming longer-term
  • After changing jobs, more say pay “decreased” than “increased”: 2020 government survey
  • Remittances by migrant workers to increase by 7% in 2021--World Bank prediction shows growth even amid pandemic
  • Keidanren issues statement: “remote work not necessary in current conditions”
  • City of Soja to introduce “familyship” for common-law couples and family members living with them
  • Aned more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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