The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to target some non-regular workers working in large companies regarding the "leave of absence support" to support those who are not paid the leave allowance, and based on the impact of the state of emergency, on the 8th of last month Support funds will be provided for subsequent leave of absence.
The "leave of absence support fund" is a system that supports people who are not paid the leave allowance even though they have taken leave due to the influence of the new coronavirus.
80% of wages are paid to people working in small and medium-sized enterprises up to 11,000 yen a day, and according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 894,384 cases, amounting to about 67.2 billion yen, as of 28th last month. It was provided.
On the other hand, there were a series of voices calling for support from people working at large companies that were not covered by the support fund, saying that they would not be paid the leave allowance.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to target some non-regular workers working in large companies for "leave of absence support".
The target is shift workers such as part-time workers whose working days are not clearly decided by contract, those who work on a daily basis, and those who register with a temporary staffing agency and conclude an employment contract only when there is work. For example, people who work in "registration type dispatch".
Based on the impact of the state of emergency, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to provide support for leave after the 8th of last month, and the target period is until the end of the month following the month when the declaration was canceled.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to start accepting applications later this month, and will announce details in the future.
Raising the subsidy rate of "employment adjustment subsidy"
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has relaxed some of the requirements for "employment adjustment subsidies" in order to strengthen support for leave allowances paid by companies to employees.
In response to this state of emergency, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has raised the subsidy rate of the "employment adjustment subsidy" to a maximum of 100% for large companies, and is calling on employees to use the subsidy to pay leave allowances.
On the other hand, if employees were dismissed after January 24, last year, the subsidy rate was up to 80% for both large and small companies.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, companies that are shortening business hours upon request in areas where a state of emergency has been declared, or companies whose sales have decreased by 30% or more, must be dismissed after the 8th of last month. For example, both large and small companies have decided to raise the subsidy rate to 100%.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to make this increase in the subsidy rate a special measure until the end of the month following the month when the state of emergency is lifted.
"No leave allowance paid" consultations one after another
There are a series of consultations from non-regular employees working in large companies that they will not be paid a leave allowance.
Since April last year, the labor union "Metropolitan Area Youth Union," which is made up of non-regular employees working at restaurants, has received nearly 1,000 consultations by phone or email.
Of these, about 80% are consultations about leave allowances from people who work in shifts, such as part-timers and part-time workers.
Among them, what has become noticeable since around December last year is that there are increasing voices from non-regular employees working in large companies that their lives are becoming difficult.
In the consultation emails we received, there was an urgent voice saying, "It's difficult to live as it is. Please help me."