As part of the government's crackdown on "black companies," the labor ministry plans to publicly announce the names of large companies that have repeatedly broken laws regarding excessively long working hours.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says the results of a 2014 survey into so-called "black companies" in Japan reveal that over 80% of them are engaged in illegal business practices. The survey covered 5,111 companies.
The term "black company" (ブラック企業) refers to businesses suspected of violating labor laws, such as forcing employees to work great amounts of overtime without proper compensation, unfairly dismiss workers, refuse holidays and other illegal practices.
Of the 5,111 companies surveyed, 4,189 or 82% were flagged for violations, Fuji TV reported. The ministry said it surveyed companies with a high turnover rate of young employees, in collaboration with Hello Work government employment offices.
According to a ministry spokesman, the survey revealed that a high percentage of young people were leaving the work force due to excessively high unpaid overtime work. In some cases, employees reported being forced to work 100 hours of overtime a month, the survey revealed.
"Companies that have a long history of forcing their employees to work excessively long hours will have their names publicized, Labor Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki told a news conference on Friday.
He said the ministry will name companies at which employees have logged over 100 hours of overtime within a one-month period, and which have received reprimands on three occasions for such practices within a year.
Previously, the companies were only named when cases were referred to prosecutors.© Japan Today