If you have, you might have tackled with complicated and enormous amount of labor laws and regulations in Japan. Or the problems may have been rooted from other causes than legal issues as is often the case.
Legal issues are the requirements to be coped with in the first place, but there are other matters as well including emotinal entanglement often be left over and should be handled with care to avoid disputes.
Iwata Labor Management Office first separate the legal issues from other matters and give proper advice accordingly.
Our focus is to better serve our clients in an easy to understand and accessible manner and help solving probelms with the least burden for them.
Everyday issues occuring in the workplace take on many different forms and can often bring your company to a standstill.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable sharoushi who can handle English in your corner will allow you to face these challenges with confidence as you seek these matters move forward.
Iwata Labor Management Office is ready to guide you through the process.
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Certifications; ・Labor and Social Security Attorney (Special Sharoushi) ・Certified Career Consultant ・2nd Grade Certified Skilled Professional of Career Consulting
Memberships; ・Aichi Labor and Social Security Attorney’s Association ・Career Consulting Conference ・Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Involvement & Participation; ・Branch Chief of Nagoya West Branch of Aichi Labor and Social Security Attorney’s Association ・Consultant at Aichi Employment Consultation Center ・JETRO Expert Consulting for foreign companies starting business in Japan
We are very fortunate to have formed excellent partnerships with our clients. Here’s what they’re saying about us.
”As a foreigner, the journey to extend my business to Japan seemed an impossible task until I met Kyoko Iwata from Iwata Labor Management Office in April 2018 at JETRO Nagoya. Right from the beginning her knowledge about business related topics in Japan helped me to have confidence and clarity about the way forward. In the years since our founding, she has provided valuable consolations and helpful advice on every occasion that helped Wenzel Designtec to move faster, saving both time and money every step of the way. Looking back on the experience, I know that we selected the right business and employment partner in Japan and I recommend them 100%.”
Mr. Frank Wenzel, CEO of Wenzel DesignTec GmBH
"We are a staffing and training services provider of global human resources with our head office located in Nagoya. Both Japanese and English are spoken in the office as our CEO is originally from Canada and the number of foreign employees almost equals the number of Japanese employees.
With this international mix, there are various challenges in this global working environment. For example, Japanese-style office regulations are hard to understand for foreign employees, and explanations of social insurance and payroll deduction are required so that they can clearly understand the payslip breakdown. Also, the understanding of how overtime is calculated.
When concluding a labor-management agreement, background information needs to be explained bilingually, which is difficult to understand even for Japanese native speakers. Furthermore, foreign employees proactively express their opinions and requests, which is good for improving various challenges, but on the other hand, it is sometimes difficult to maintain consistency of company regulations.
Under such situations, Ms. Iwata supports our business and operation by listening to our different challenges and effectively provides a variety of proposals and possible solutions during her monthly visit. As a result, we are able to share information with all employees without any loss of time thanks to her swift action, making internal operations more efficient. In addition to this, she continually shares information that is difficult to obtain ourselves, such as subsidies and system introduction for job simplification.
She is the ideal business consultant who can provide necessary information and solutions for company executives working under limited time frames. We very much appreciate Ms. Iwata's support for the continued expansion and growth of our business."
Ms. Saeko Kitamura, COO of GDI Communications Inc.
Here are the latest English labor news and/or information in Japan.
MHLW released new pamphlets and circulars regarding "Rules clarifying working conditions" which will be revised from April 2024.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has recently updated the page to introduce a set of materials and information related to the "indefinite conversion rules, clarification of working conditions on labor contract, etc.''
Particularly, the materials on the dedicated page "rules clarifying working conditions will be revised from April 2024" have been added and updated (published on October 12, 2023).
Here is the page;
<Rules for clarifying working conditions will change from April 2024>
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/newpage_32105.html <the pamphlet itself is in Japanese>
In particular, the following materials are to be reviewed:
<Pamphlet Are you prepared for changes to the rules clarifying working conditions from April 2024? ＞
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/11200000/001156048.pdf <Japanese page>
<Regarding the enforcement of ministerial ordinances, etc. that partially amend the Labor Standards Act Enforcement Regulations and the Special Measures Act Enforcement Regulations regarding improvement of the settings of working hours, etc.>
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/11200000/001156120 .pdf <Japanese page>
Additionally, as stated in the above notice, "Model Notice of Employment" (applicable from April 1, 2024) that corresponds to this amendment is also introduced. please check that as well. Let's leave it there.
<Model Notice of Employment (for general workers: permanent, fixed-term employment)>
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/11200000/001156118.pdf <Japanese page>
Past labor news and information is here!