Japan to Require Firms to Clearly Ban Power Harassment under Work Rules

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--A subcommittee of a Japanese labor ministry panel on Wednesday gave its nod to draft guidelines for preventing power harassment in workplaces, which require companies to clearly ban such practice under their work rules.

The draft, approved by the Labor Policy Council subcommittee, lists detailed examples of problematic actions, such as repeatedly reprimanding employees in an intimidating manner in front of other people, based on six typical types of power harassment.

The draft guidelines were compiled based on the amended labor policy promotion law, which was enacted in May. After soliciting public comments, the ministry hopes to formalize the guidelines by year-end for implementation from June 2020.

Companies would also be obliged to set up power harassment consultation offices and implement measures such as separating victims from harassers. Also, they would be prohibited from unfavorably treating workers who use such consultation services.

Among the six power harassment types stipulated in the draft guidelines are psychological attacks and cutting employees from relationships with other people. Examples of problematic behaviors under the categories also include saying words and taking actions denying employees' dignity, denying noncompliant workers jobs, beating and kicking, and exposing employees' personal information, including sexual preferences, without their consent.

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