Many Rule Violations Found over Discretionary Work System

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--A number of possible law violations related to Japan's so-called discretionary work system were found at companies across the country, a labor ministry survey report has shown.

Problem cases included nonpayments of legally required extra pay for off-day and late-night work and applications of the system to jobs outside its scope, according to the report released Tuesday.

The ministry hopes to correct such violations through supervision and instruction.

The system allows employers to pay workers for a prefixed number of hours instead of the actual hours worked. The system can be applied to specialists, including designers and analysts at financial institutions, and those engaged in planning and other types of work related to corporate management.

The ministry checked the results of self-investigations on the use of the system at companies. The probes were conducted at 12,167 companies between February and May. Of them, 10,793 gave responses.

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