Labour Update Bulletin #179

Feb 4, 2024

This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed, in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan that are of interest to activists.

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In this bulletin:

  • Parental leave benefit to be expanded starting in 2025: over 14 days, 100% pay
  • Work accident insurance to be expanded for freelancers: in principle all occupations to be eligible, starting Autumn next year–MHWL policy
  • Companies to be require to make efforts to allow remote work: revision plan for working parents–MHWL
  • Employment Insurance at 10 hours per week: requirements loosened to enroll 5 million people
  • Disparity of treatment over uniform “changing time” at Toei Subway outsourcing group: LSIO issues corrective guidance
  • Google Japan refuses to bargain over layoffs; union files complaint
  • “Freelance” photographer granted worker’s compensation for commuting accident: false-freelancing problem
  • lUnion formed specifically for correspondence-school teachers: “improve the working environment”
  • Airport company employees’ union says no overtime work from next month on
  • Terebi Yamaguchi union goes on strike for first time in 31 years; some broadcasts canceled
  • Nagoya U. Hospital makes out-of-hours education and training unpaid: rule in internal document: “self-improvement”
  • Local government salaries: 71.9% of cities and prefectures pay women “less than 80%” as much as men on average; at one city, the figure is only 48%

And more!!

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