Notice from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Even when the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a decrease in business for a company, foreign workers are not allowed to be treated less favorably than Japanese workers just because they are foreigners.

(1) Companies must pay a leave allowance to foreign workers as well as Japanese when they are forced to take days off from work by the company.

(2) The subsidy the national government pays companies to protect workers can be used for foreign workers as well as Japanese.

(3) When foreign workers take days off from work because their child’s school is closed, they can take paid leave just like Japanese workers.

(4) Companies cannot fire foreign workers freely. When a company is intending to fire their workers, the same rules should apply for both Japanese and foreign workers.

If you need help or have concerns, consult your local labour bureau, labour standards supervision office or public employment security office (Hello Work).

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