The ruling Democratic Party of Japan plans to submit a bill to the current Diet session which will enable more part-time workers to become eligible for health insurance and pension programs.
A task force met Tuesday to finalize the plan that calls for the minimum number of working hours for an employee to qualify for company health insurance to be lowered from the current 30 hours to 20 hours per week, once they have worked for the same company for at least 12 months, TV Asahi reported. The revised law will only apply to companies that employ at least 500 staff.
Employees who earn up to 940,000 yen will qualify to join health insurance and pension programs.
The labor ministry estimates that the new guidelines will enable at least 3.7 million non-permanent workers in Japan to join the programs. Companies currently pay about half an employee's pension premium.
After it is enacted, the bill will go into effect from fiscal 2016.© Japan Today