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Japan: Cabinet Agrees on Amendments to Employment Measures Law, Requiring Reports on Employment of Foreigners

      The draft bill to amend the Employment Measures Law and the Law for the Promotion of Local Employment Development, prepared by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, was endorsed at the Cabinet meeting on 13 February 2007 for the submission to the Diet.
      According to the outline and brief[Japanese] of the bill, a new objective will be added to the Employment Measures Law through the amendments, namely the promotion of employment in the context of the population decline. The amendments are also oriented to the promotion of employment of youth, women, elderly people and persons with disabilities as well as measures concerning employment of foreigners.
      With regard to employment of foreigners, the bill requires employers "to notify the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (the head of the public employment security office) of such information as the foreigner's name as well as status and period of residence when he/she is employed and leaves the job", with a view to ensuring "proper management of employment". Under the existing Guideline concerning Employment and Working Condition for Foreign Workers, revised in August 2004, employers are required to "report to the district Public Employment Security Office the employment conditions of foreign workers as of June 1st every year, in accordance with the System for Reporting on the Employment Situation of Foreigners".

See:
· Draft amendments to the Employment Measures Law and the Law for the Promotion of Local Employment Development (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) [Japanese]
· Guideline concerning Employment and Working Condition for Foreign Workers [English]


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