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Draft stipulates corporations endeavor to introduce worktime interval

  • March 10, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

A draft agreement reached by Japan Business Federation [Keidanren] and the Japanese Trade Union Confederation [Rengo] urges corporations to make efforts to adopt a worktime interval system, in which workers are entitled to a designated amount of rest between the finish and start of work.

 

Along with the new overtime cap, the draft agreement aims to reinforce measures for preventing accidents and damage to health from work. The worktime interval system is one such measure. This will be the first law stating companies are responsible for making efforts to adopt this system.

 

No penalty is imposed on corporations that do not cooperate in the initiative. However, the draft stipulates that the government will take measures in support of the introduction of the worktime interval system. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has already started considering subsidies for companies that adopt the system to encourage a wide range of employers to participate. (Abridged)

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