Earlier today, I mentioned the EEOC (that’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) administrative charge. What’s been getting me the past several months is why no one back home has developed a short, concise manual of Japanese labor law? Sure, there are a number of sources on the net; but the better way to go about it is to have a department manual, where the top law gurus have gone through and given a certain imprimatur to what the EEO will use as the actual law.
As it stands now, the individual charging party has to produce the rule. I have a feeling (not certain, just a feeling) that this means the department goes on another multi-month escapade with Big Corporation, trying to figure out how to
go overcome the obvious.
When a country’s labor law is synthesized into maybe 25 pages, it just makes it a lot easier to get things done.
Now, someone might do the math on this: there are only about 50,000 American civilians in Japan. I have the sense that many work for American-rooted companies (even Interac, still, it would seem), but not all. So someone might say, “well, is it worth going through all the trouble for a group of citizens which is maybe no bigger than a township in New Jersey, like Bridgewater?”
But the thing is, you’d only really have to do this once. Thoroughly in the beginning–the updating is easy. And sure, the number is 50,000, but it’s a revolving door 50,000. Over a decade, it could be as high as 200,000 individual Americans.
The EEOC foreign labor law manual(s) would be not just for Japan, but all the other major trading partners: UK, Canada, Germany, France. When you consider that perhaps four million Americans live overseas, now you have something like a Connecticut.
It is worth doing simply from an equal protection standpoint. I am very concerned about how our far-flung military is out there, everywhere, trying to “secure” it for other countries’ people; and groups like OSAC are hanging out in embassies to talk about real and imagined “threats”. But nothing is being done for the everyday average American who is in an overseas bind. Why?
As I’ve mentioned so many times before, the local embassy is pretty much useless. It’s good to see that the State Department has assigned staff to take in information about overseas’ citizens concerns and personal situations. (We should have had that years ago.) But the embassy isn’t actually going to do anything. Like, maybe if you send your passport renewal to the wrong P.O. Box, they will get you straightened out (even though, ehem, the website didn’t make it clear which P.O. was for what.) But on more weighty matters, it’s “hey, what are you doing in X country in first place??”
To me, it’s a matter of fundamental fairness that EEOC has the material to expedite investigations. Am I not seeing something here? Am I missing something?