Japan’s DPJ backtracking on reform of labor dispatch system.

Oldie but goodie from February of 2010, while I was still in Japan.


The Japan Times reports that Minshuto (DPJ) will propose a modification to the Worker Dispatch Law to prohibit certain types of employment from being anything other than direct hire.

The article describes this as “temp” hiring—which is truly what it is. But technically, these dispatches (or “haken”) are the assigning of an employee who works for one company, “the temp agency”, over to another company.

Additionally. the article also refers to changes in the Labor Contract Law–it looks like– to beef up the provision about multiple short-term contracts. Sometimes, to keep an employee out of full-time, regular, status, an employer will utilize a series of short term contracts. This way, they can dismiss the worker whenever the company decides it’s time not to renew the contract. (So there can be situations like 25 3-month contracts, spanning 6 1/4 years, and so forth.)

Where this concerns foreign workers, as I’ve blogged…

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