29 Jun '18, 12pm

Overworked #Japan caps overtime at 100 hours a month

Overworked #Japan caps overtime at 100 hours a month

TOKYO - Japan has formally capped overtime work at 100 hours a month in response to concerns about karoshi, or death by overwork, and is seeking to improve productivity in a country where long hours are often more a custom than business necessity, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday (June 29). Lawmakers approved legislation on Friday that limits overtime work to less than 100 hours a month and fewer than 720 hours a year, the report said. The Bill, a priority of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also sets penalties for companies that violate the limits. Until now, employers could effectively ask employees to work without limit if workers' unions and management agreed to it, which they often did without much scrutiny. "The legislation has been enacted to allow people to have different work styles, including while raising children or caring for the elderly," Abe was quoted a...

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