Labor Update Bulletin #42 (09/2018)

Sep 28, 2018

In this bulletin…

• Labor Ministry’s guidance for “black companies” results in payment of 44.6 billion yen (!) in unpaid wages;

• MEXT to experiment with AI in English lessons;

• 12,000 club-activity instructors to be assigned to public junior high schools in order to lighten teachers’ workload;

• Increasing dismissals of dispatch workers on the horizon: 3-year limit to arrive at the end of September;

• Man who worked for 12 years as contract employee at Bandai files suit seeking to void his dismissal;

• Workplace abuse of people with disabilities at its highest ever [note: due to greater awareness and reporting] – up 30% from previous year;

• Reuters industry survey: employment of foreigners failing to spread, over 60% negative on unskilled labor;

• “Partner system” to be introduced in Chiba City – same-sex and common-law couples eligible;

• And more!

(Translated from Japanese)