McDonald’s told to pay overtime to manager

The Tokyo District Court ordered McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. Monday to pay ?7.55 million in overtime allowance and “additional pay” to a manager at one of its outlets.? Presiding Judge Iwao Saito ruled that Hiroshi Takano, 46, who manages a McDonald’s outlet in Saitama Prefecture, does not qualify as a manager under the Labor … Read more

Overtime or the cure — which is worse?

According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the average full-time employee worked 2,041.2 hours in 2006, compared with 2,028 hours the previous year. Another government survey shows that one out of every four male employees in their 30s worked more than 60 hours a week in 2005. No job category breakdown was provided. In … Read more

Election puts overtime-pay exclusion on hold

Wary of an upcoming election, the ruling bloc is backing off on a highly contentious bill that would exclude certain white-collar workers from overtime pay. But debate over the issue, which unions fiercely oppose, will resurface because the government’s retreat is widely believed a mere postponement until after the July Upper House election. Certain white-collar … Read more

Chinese trainees flee poor work conditions

Three Chinese women working in a training program fled their workplace in Aomori Prefecture early Monday and contacted labor authorities to complain of poor conditions, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned. The trainees came to Japan two years ago and have worked at a small sewing factory in Misawa in the prefecture. The three women complained of … Read more