New 36 Labor Agreement Reporting Requirement

New 36 Labor Agreement Reporting Requirement

(original version 2/14/2020)
As a result of changing work styles in Japan, a new Notification of Agreement on Overtime and Work on Days off [*1] (“36 Labor Agreement”) form has been introduced for SME’s effective from April 1, 2020. This new form now requires setting an upper limit on the number of overtime hours (including statutory holiday work) permitted in any month. If the upper limit exceeds 45 hours in any given month or 360 hours for the year, the employer will be assessed penalties. If there are any employees who are required to work overtime or work on days off (including pre-determined overtime hours) the employer must file a 36 Labor Agreement in advance.

Please refer to the attached link for details:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/employ-labour/labour-standards/dl/201904kizyun.pdf

Note

[*1] The definition of overtime work (including statutory holiday work) should be referred to JETRO investing Japan Section 4.5.1-4.5.5