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Name: Welfare of Workers Who Take Care of Children or Other Family Members Including Child Care and Family Care Leave Law [Law No. 76 of 15 May 1991].
Country: Japan
Subject(s): Workers with family responsibilities
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1991-05-15
Entry into force:
ISN: JPN-1991-L-22396
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=22396&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Labour Laws of Japan, 1995, Ministry of Labour, Institute of Labour Administration, Tokyo, Japan, 7th ed., ISBN: 4-8452-5115-9, pp. 283-306
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, Japan PDF of Act as amended to Act No. 160 of 2004 PDF of Act as amended to Act No. 160 of 2004 (consulted on 2012-05-16)
Abstract/Citation: Under this new Act, both male and female employees are eligible for leave to look after a child in its first year. Employees applying for and taking child-care leave are protected against dismissal, and their employers are required to take such measures as will enable them to resume their employment smoothly at the end of their leave entitlement, with Government assistance if necessary. Alternatively, employers should grant facilities, such as reduced hours of work, to eligible employees who do not choose to take child-care leave. The Ministry of Labour will be issuing more specific guidelines to be applied by employers in such cases. The Act does not apply to Government employees, whose status in regard to child-care leave is to be regulated by the appropriate ministries.
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