I just arrived to Scottsdale, Arizona a few hours ago for a business event to be held from tomorrow thru Thursday. I left my apartment in the Upper East Side of Manhattan around 10:30 am, hopped on the 6 train to Grand Central Station, transferred to the cross-town S train to Times Square, and made another transfer to the 2 train to Penn Station. At Penn Station, for the first time in my life, I got on the NJ Transit which took me to Newark International Airport. Then I flew on Continental Airline to Phoenix, Arizona, and then to this hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. The entire trip lasted about 10 hours. Then I thought to myself: can I take a day off from work for this time I spent traveling?
I don’t know what the policy is with my firm (I’m going to find out soon), but in Japan, Labor Standards Law Article 35 Paragraph 1 states that an employer shall provide its employees at least one day off from work per week. Put another way, the law doesn’t mandate a two-day-weekend (after all, if God only rested one day, why should we rest more? But good argument stands that Japan’s not a Christian nation). Basically, your employer can ask you to work on a Saturday as long as you take the Sunday off (not cool). But if you end up using that Sunday to travel from, say Tokyo to Singapore, in connection to work, now there’s a good chance your employer violated Paragraph 1 of Article 35. So in cases like these, many employers allow employees to take a day off on a future weekday.
Well, returning to my case, I'd still need to check my firm policy. But had I been working in Japan, the law doesn’t require my employer to give me a day off on another day as a make up since I didn’t work this past Saturday. Then I remembered, back at my old firm in Tokyo, our firm policy was that if we worked more than 8 hours a day on a Saturday, Sunday, or on a holiday, we were allowed to take a day off on any future weekday. Now that was cool.
Thinking about working in Japan? Preparing to move overseas almost becomes a full-time job in the final weeks of your departure. Many people quit their jobs weeks before so they can devote their time to preparation. But what about your health insurance? Short-term health insurance plans are a great solution. ↓
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