Global Compliance Desk – Japan

Japan Introduces Paternity Leave for Employees

In June 2021, the Childcare and Family-Care Leave Act was amended in order to encourage male employees to take paternity leave and also to allow employees to take childcare leave in a more flexible manner.

Currently, Japan does not have an individual paternity leave provision. 

Effective October 1, 2022, male employees will be entitled to 4 weeks of paternity leave, which shall be taken within 8 weeks after birth subject to a 2 weeks notice to their employer. The benefits will be payable by social security at the same rate as maternity leave (67% of covered pay). Male employees will be able to take paternity leave as a single uninterrupted period or split it into two periods.

This new leave is in addition to the existing government-paid childcare leave entitlements for both parents.

Shreya Bhattacharya

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shreya Bhattacharya

A labor and employment lawyer at Replicon who specializes in global compliance. Replicon provides award-winning products that make it easy to manage your workforce. Replicon is an industry leader in global compliance and has a dedicated team which pro-actively monitors international labor regulations for ensuring proper adherence with specific country rule requirements.

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