Twenty-five percent of Japanese companies want their female employees to resign instead of take child-care leave after they give birth, a survey showed May 30.
Job advertisement company Aidem Inc. conducted the online survey in February and received responses from 1,439 businesses with more than five regular employees.
One in four companies said they would really want or prefer their employees to quit their jobs instead of exercising their right to take child-care leave.
The rate was 32 percent among businesses with no woman at the management level, and 19 percent among companies with high-ranking female employees, the survey showed.
The law on child and family care leave obliges businesses to offer nursing-care leave to employees with pre-school children and to make sure they are not working long overtime hours.
The survey found that 40 percent of the companies failed to mention these stipulations in their working rules.
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