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How to dispute labor related problems

We provide general information about how to dispute labor related problems.

Report to a Labor Standards Inspection Office having jurisdiction over the employer

If the problem is limited to the issues in relation to what the Labor Standards Inspection Office deals with, such as no payment for salary and/or overtime pay, then it might be an option for an employee to report to a Labor Standards Inspection Office having jurisdiction over the employer and urge the office to give administrative advice to the employer to rectify the violation of Labor Standards Act.

However, even if the officer of a Labor Standards Inspection Office urges the employer to rectify the violation of law, the office rarely presses criminal charges against the employer even though the law has punitive clauses. In addition, the office does not deal with the issues of unilateral termination of employment or forced resignation, unilateral change of work place or conditions of employment that could be abusive use of the employer's rights and power and would be the issues many employees may face with. Therefore, a report to a Labor Standards Inspection Office is usually not an effective way to resolve the labor related problems.

Mediation at a Dispute Coordinating Committee under a Labor Bureau

Filing for a Labor Tribunal Procedure

Filing for a litigation and/or provisional remedies

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