Japan: Changes to the Child and Family Care Act and Injury and Sickness Allowance

January 25, 2022
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Amendment to the Child and Family Care Act

From 1 April 2022, the following measures come into effect

  • Businesses must take measures to facilitate the use of childcare leave.
  • Removal of the requirment that a fixed-term employee must be employed for at least a year to qualify for childcare and family care leave.

The government unveiled a $490 Billion stimulus package to help cushion the impacts of the pandemic. Measures included in the budget include financial support loans to businesses that saw sales slumps, cash pay-outs to families, increased tax breaks to encourage employers to raise workers’ wages.

Amendment to Payment Period for Injury and Sickness Allowance in Health Insurance Act

The payment period for injury and sickness allowance will be 1 year and 6 months in total from the start date of payment from the 1st January 2022.

The amendment means if an employee becomes unable to work again due to the same injury or illness after returning to work, they can receive the allowance again if the total days do not exceed 1 year and 6 months.

Previously, if the employee returned to work but could not work again due to the same injury or illness, they could not receive it if one year and six months had passed since the payment start date.

Source: Links International

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