Part timers eligible for paid holidays

Has your company told you you don't qualify for holidays because you are part-time, or because you work on short term contracts? This is simply untrue. Part-timers are entitled to between one and 20 days.

Your company is required by law to offer both full-timers & part-timers a set number of flexible holidays based on the number of years service (days to be used at your discretion).

Part timers are also covered by this law and their paid holidays are based on the number of days worked per week and the length of service (Article 39). Please see the chart below for a clear breakdown of days owed to you.

The paid holidays owed to you by your company are separate from the set holidays offered by the company (Obon, New Years). In most cases, days set by the company cannot be subtracted from your own personal holidays but there are exceptions and you should contact us for more details.




Years Worked



Days worked per week/year


0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5


5 days or 30 hrs/week


10 11 12 14 16 18 20


4 days/169-216 days


7 8 9 10 12 13 15


3 days/121-168 days


5 6 6 7 9 10 11


2 days/ 73-120 days


3 4 4 5 6 6 7


1 day/48-72 days


1 2 2 2 3 3 3  


Remember, you can ask for paid holidays for the last two years under the Labour Standards Law, but the longer you wait, the more holidays you lose.

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