Japan: Labour Law Amendments
Beginning 1 April 2019, all Japanese employers are required to record their employees’ working hours. Working-hour records should be reviewed on a monthly basis to assess whether or not an employee’s working time has exceeded the statutory limit of 40 hours per week. Records should be kept on file for a period of three years.
Paid annual leave
Beginning 1 April 2019, employees who are granted 10 or more days of annual leave will be required to take at least five of those days per year. If an employee does not voluntarily take five days, the employer must designate the period in which they should be taken. Employers should amend their work rules to comply with this regulation.
Beginning 1 April 2019, maximum overtime limits for large companies will be regulated by law, and any infringement may result in criminal penalties. For small and medium sized companies, this amendment will not take effect until 1 April 2020. The maximum overtime limits remain unchanged.