Japanese government: Action plan for workplace reform

The Japanese government has drawn up a plan to overhaul working conditions and practices at firms and factories around the country.

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The plan would cap annual overtime at 720 hours, and monthly overtime at less than 100 hours for peak months. The government plans to achieve these overtime limits by revising the law on labor standards.

The plan would see a 5-year moratorium placed on the transportation and construction sectors, but would not make them an exceptional case in the future.

The plan also calls for measures to promote equal pay for equal work. These include a provision that would allow non-regular workers to file lawsuits if they want to correct unreasonable differences in treatment from regular workers.

A Labor Ministry panel will begin discussing the reforms as early as April.

Source and image: NHK
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