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Bill for the Promotion of Work Style

Japan Current 2018

On September 8, 2017, Japan’s Labour Policy Council announced its opinion that the “Outline of Legislation for the Promotion of Work Style Reform”.

Issuer name

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

More information

Going forward, the MHLW will prepare draft legislation based on the Outline and will begin preparations for submitting the legislation at the next session of the Diet. The Outline's key provisions 1. Limits on Overtime 2. Expanding the Scope of the Discretionary Working System for Management-Related Work 3. Establishing a Sophisticated Professional System 4. Securing Fair Working Conditions Regardless of Employment Type. Although the Outline will not be submitted to the Diet as a bill and enacted until next year at the earliest, most of the Outline has been scheduled to come into force on April 1, 2019, which gives an indication of the timing of future legislation

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Industry scope

All/none specified

ESG coverage- S (Social)

Employment Conditions, Policies and Practices






Asia Pacific

Date of publication


Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Public law and regulation

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


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