Tips, recommendations and common pitfalls.
In Japan, each employer is strongly expected to maintain employment. Terminating employees in Japan is generally a difficult process and it is advisable to seek the advice of local counsel or a specialist employment law advisor before doing so. While no enforceable directives with restrictions have been enacted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, an employer has a statutory duty to take appropriate measures to ensure a physically safe environment at their place of work, in accordance with guidance and recommendations provided by the government as well as business associations. In practice, each business association is preparing guidelines setting out measures to combat COVID-19 in accordance with the type of business, respectively.