The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Tuesday that it has found 4,189 businesses in labor law violations such as forcing extended work hours on employees and failing to pay overtime wages and ordered them to redress the situations, following an audit conducted in September.
They represent 82 percent of a total of 5,111 companies selected for the oversight action, based on tips and employment data, against so-called black companies known for abusive employment practices especially against young workers, the ministry said.
“Even though it was not just targeting (businesses abusing) young people, many young employees are found toiling under duress,” a ministry official said of its investigation.
Failure to comply with the order to correct the conditions may result in the ministry sending information about those companies to prosecutors to charge them for Labor Standards Law violations, the ministry said, adding that their corporate names will also be published.
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