Large Companies, Big on Supporting Child Care Leave
Large companies are expected to increase their support for employees taking child care leaves from April. Sony Corporation created a system of paying an allowance of 50,000 yen and a major supplier of auto parts Akebono Brake Industry will increase allowances for those on child care leave. Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest trading companies, will allow male employees to take a maximum of eight weeks on child care leave. Companies are making efforts to nurture corporate environments where employees are more at ease to take child care leaves by softening the paycheck slashes many on child care leaves have suffered in the past. The move will also support the government’s efforts to combat the aging society.
Sony’s new policy applies to full-time employees, including term-contracted employees, with children under the age of one. Employees may choose from the two selections: (1) Employees planning to be on child care leave for a long time will be paid an allowance of 50,000 yen per month, and (2) Employees who do not need to be on child care leave for a long time will be allowed 20 days of paid absence. The company will also start programs to allow pregnant employees to take paid absence when feeling sick, and to allow female employees to take paid absence to care for children over the age of one. NIKKEI NET
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