METI to Request Related Associations to Take Care in Maintaining Employment of Current Workers and Other Conditions as Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease
April 13, 2020
In light of the serious impact of the novel coronavirus disease on the entire Japanese economy, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in joint name with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Telecommunications, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, will request related associations to take appropriate care in maintaining the employment of current workers and other conditions.
Stagnated flows of people and goods caused by the novel coronavirus disease have been forcing companies to shrink their business activities, and this is causing a serious impact on the entire Japanese economy.
In this situation, the government decided to take economic measures and other responses at the level of 108 trillion yen, the largest-scale project in Japanese history.
While encouraging related associations to make use of these measures as well, METI, in joint name with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Telecommunications, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, will request such associations, as shown in the Appendix, to take appropriate care in maintaining the employment of current workers and other conditions, in particular, for those who are vulnerable to impacts caused by dramatic changes in business conditions, such as fixed-term workers, part-time workers, temporary workers and students given informal promises of employment who will graduate from schools.
2. Details of the request
Companies should make use of the enhanced measures for supporting companies in financing and the improved subsidy program for employment adjustment, which provides additional subsidies to companies in educating and training newly hired workers, for the purpose of continuing their businesses or maintaining the employment of current workers. Through these programs, they should strive to maintain the employment of current workers. As for newly hired workers, they should maintain the employment of such workers expecting them as a potential workforce in the future.
Companies should proactively employ people who have lost their jobs and recruit new employees mainly targeting new graduates.
Concerning students given informal promises of employment t but postponed the start date of employment for such students, companies should take special care of them, e.g., determining the date of starting employment as early as possible.
Companies should provide students who are to graduate at the end of FY2020 with as flexible opportunities for job hunting as possible, such as holding recruiting fairs, job interviews and examinations taking advantage of a variety of communication means and setting the dates for such activities in a flexible manner.
Companies should take special care in making the employment of people with disabilities stable and take care in employing foreign workers at a level similar to the care for Japanese nationals.
Companies should take special care in avoiding dismissal, non-renewal of contracts, and easy cancellation of labor contracts of fixed-term workers, part-time workers and temporary workers, which are considered necessary for making the employment of these workers stable. However, if they intend to decide on dismissal, non-renewal of contracts and other actions for any unavoidable reason, companies should take care in allowing workers settling in company dormitories or other residences to continue to stay there for a certain period of time even after their separation from employment.
Companies should: develop environments in which workers, including fixed-term workers, part-time workers and temporary workers, are smoothly able to take days off, e.g., introducing a special paid-leave system; encourage workers to proactively make use of such working styles as teleworking and staggered commuting; make efforts for preventing workers from being infected by the novel coronavirus disease; and take other actions. In advancing these efforts, companies should take full care of female workers who are pregnant, senior workers and workers having an underlying disease. Moreover, companies should develop an environment in which workers who need to take care of children are smoothly able to take days off in such a case where elementary and other schools of such children have temporarily been closed.
- Document file: Request Related Associations to Take Care in Maintaining Employment of Current Workers and Other Conditions as Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease (in Japanese) (PDF:152KB)
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Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau