I can only find some old threads and some out of date laws- and when I called the Japanese Labour office, the lady there (while lovely) and I had trouble communicating, so my questions remained relatively unanswered. Hoping someone here might know the laws/answers in regard to maternity and childcare leave:
I live in Niigata with my husband and we are thinking of starting a family within the next 2 years or so. I am currently working part time for my husband's company for only 5 hours/fortnight (I am on a dependant visa, and am finishing my degree by correspondence) however I am not under contract (But could be if I asked, we just didn't bother at the time).
Q1- I have been told I am eligible for maternity leave (As all female employees in Japan are), but is it paid?
Q2- Do I need to be on a contract to claim?
More likely though I will be working full time for them (or another company) from March next year, but I have noticed to be eligible for child care leave (not maternity for the birth, but for the year after), you need to be on a 1 year contract, whereas most eikaiwa contracts are from say Apr 1- Mar 31 (a day under a year).
Q3- Is this some kind of loophole? Or would I still be eligible for both?
Q4- How long would I need to work before I would be eligible for both of this paid leave? Would I need to do a full year at a company, or, if I say get pregnant at 4 months after working (and have the baby 9 months later), would this be okay?
I am hesitant to ask these questions to the company, as they may not want to hire me full time if they know I might leave them within a year...
Thanks for your help with answering all the questions.