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Japan to subsidize 100% of salaries at small companies

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  1. skybrian
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    From the article:

    As things stand, laid-off workers at [Japanese] companies that have halted operations are entitled to at least 60% of their regular pay. The government shoulders up to 90% of this to keep them from being dismissed outright, with the company chipping in the other 10%.

    Many employers try to save money by sticking to the 60% minimum and asking the government to pay 90% of it.

    The offer will be more generous going forward. If small companies -- those in the service sector with up to five workers and manufacturers with up to 20 -- are asked by the central or local government to temporarily shutter operations, and they apply for the employment adjustment subsidy, the government will shoulder the full cost as long as the businesses pay 100% of last year's wage levels.

    With companies not having to pay anything out of pocket, most will choose the 100% option, the government figures.


    The employment adjustment subsidy has not proved popular so far, partly owing to its complicated paperwork and the roughly one-month wait for processing applications. In the current crisis, just 985 companies had applied in the two months leading up to April 17.

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