Even when the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a decrease in business for the company, foreign workers are not allowed to be treated less favorably than Japanese workers just because they are foreigners.
1. Company must pay a leave allowance to Japanese as well as foreign workers when they are forced to take days off from work by the company. 2. When you take days off from work because your children's schools are closed, you can use paid vacation days just like Japanese workers. 3. The subsidy the national government pays companies to protect worker employment can be used for Japanese as well as foreign workers. 4. Companies cannot freely fire you at will. When a company wants to fire a foreign worker, the same rules as Japanese workers must be followed.
If you need help, please consult your local labour bureau, labour standards supervision office or public employment security office (Hello Work).
○ Frequently asked questions are listed here. [Q&A for workers](March 6th, 2020 version)
○ The labour bureau is where you can consult about the following: ・ When you are worried about your company or work, but do not know where to consult [Click here for labour bureau contact information] ※ Contact information is in hiragana (look for #19 山梨県労働局)