Happy Halloween. Do you have your costume ready?

Halloween has exploded in Japan and most language schools make an event of it, requiring teachers and staff to wear costumes to lessons or a school party.

While some people don't mind, the union, and the Labor Standards Law, doesn't believe that employees should be burdened with the cost of a costume. If it is a requirement of your job to wear a costume the school should either provide costumes, or reimburse teachers for the cost of buying one.

We took the issue up at ECC a few years back and they now make costumes available at all schools. Let us know if you would like to raise the issue with your company.

And for those of you who don't want to wear a costume for religious or cultural reasons - we're with you. You should have the right not to wear a costume. Contact us for details.


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