Monday, November 21, 2005

Human Resources: Japan plans to tighten gender equality laws

Japan is planning to tighten gender equality laws to try to encourage women to stay in the workforce.

Nihon Keizai, reports that the Health and Welfare Ministry will propose an amendment to the 1986 law that would ban employers from treating women unfavourably because they are pregnant or have young children.

Currently women's salaries are only two thirds of a man's salary and very few women are appointed to managerial positions.