Shawn wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:07 pm
I won't say that I'm back blogging, but just couldn't resist posting the CBC story for its GEOS flashback factor. The contracts and law surrounding them would be a good idea for a post (a lengthy one). I'll need to brush up on the law and probably need to look at a few contracts to understand what has changed, though. As you say, it's not just about eikaiwa; the changes affect hakken staff and anyone on a contract in Japan. I think I read about the changes somewhere on The Japan Times...
Yes, it is a "everyone in Japan" getting screwed over thing rather than specific to Eikaiwa, but (in addition to my own current job) one of my first thoughts about it were the poor old Eikaiwa lifers who managed to survive NOVA and GEOS going bankrupt but who may now get kicked out by this law designed to help them.
There was an article in the Japan Times last year about it which goes over some of the detail. University unions are up in arms about it so it will likely be in the news a lot more as the 2018 deadline approaches.
Article 18(1) of the Labor Contracts Act is the relevant rule (just FYI):
Article 18 (1) If a Worker whose total contract term of two or more fixed-term
labor contracts (excluding any contract term which has not started yet; the
same applies hereinafter in this Article) concluded with the same Employer
(referred to as the "total contract term" in the next paragraph) exceeds five
years applies for the conclusion of a labor contract without a fixed term before
the date of expiration of the currently effective fixed-term labor contract, to
begin on the day after the said date of expiration, it is deemed that the said
Employer accepts the said application. In this case, the labor conditions that
are the contents of said labor contract without a fixed term are to be the same
as the labor conditions (excluding the contract term) of the currently effective
fixed-term labor contract (excluding parts separately provided for with regard
to the said labor conditions (excluding the contract term)).