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Japan to Give Up Labor Law Revision during Current Diet Session

Japan to Give Up Labor Law Revision during Current Diet Session

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and the ruling camp will give up enactment of a bill to revise the labor standards law during the current parliamentary session ending in June, informed sources said Wednesday.
   The bill features the introduction of a so-called white-collar exemption system, which would allow employers to exempt highly paid, skilled workers from work hour regulations and pay them in accordance with their achievements rather than work hours.
   It would be easier to enact the bill if it is processed together with another labor standards law amendment to be submitted to the Diet, the country's parliament, during an extraordinary session in autumn, the sources said. The envisaged amendment would introduce caps on overtime hours.
   The white-collar exemption bill was introduced in April 2015. But no discussions have been held at the Diet, as opposition parties claim the legislation is aimed at allowing employers to avoid paying overtime.
   The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, the key supporter of the main opposition Democratic Party, is eager to introduce the caps on overtime hours.

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