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Government Clarifies Work Style Reform Legislation
New Regulation or Official Guidance
Author: Aki Tanaka, Special Counsel – Littler Mendelson, P.C.
On September 7, 2018, the government clarified that the cap on the “maximum overtime hours” (i.e., up to 45 hours/month and 360 hours/year) can be further extended up to 100 hours/month and 720 hours/year under special circumstances. For employees to work overtime, employers must file an updated form of labor-management agreement with the local labor standards inspection office, providing information on the employee’s job description; the duration of the agreement; reasons for the overtime work; maximum hours of overtime per day, month, and year, and start date of calculation of such overtime; among other information.