Things to confirm with your prospective employer during the job interview:
- Specific description of the job you will be doing at the workplace you’ll be dispatched to.
- Name and address of the company you’ll be dispatched to.
- Time to start and finish work.
- Requirements to work overtime/shifts.
- Break time and holidays.
- Wages (check to see if you will be paid hourly, daily, or monthly).
- Social insurance coverage (unemployment insurance, workman’s accident compensation insurance, health insurance, and employees’ pension insurance).
Things to confirm before signing your employment contract:
- Working conditions of the job are written in the contract.
- Payment of wages (closing date for calculation, payment date, and method of payment: by bank transfer, in cash, etc).
- Name of supervisor (shikimeireisha) at the company where you’ll be dispatched.
- Length of contract (dispatch period).
- Whether or not your dispatching agency will find you another job if this contract is terminated due to business slowdown at the company you’ll be dispatched to.
- Name of the person to report your routine matters as well as any job-related problems to.
Make sure you take note of the following before signing an employment contract.
- Making a verbal contract generally means nothing but trouble. You should sign written contracts at all times.
- Avoid signing any contracts before you fully understand all the terms and conditions written in Japanese. If you have difficulty understanding Japanese, either have your agency translate the contract into your native language or ask someone who can read Japanese and translate it for you so that you can check the contents.
AFTER GETTING A JOB
Things you will want to keep in mind:
- Before the first day of work, check the commuting route to your new workplace so that you know how long it will take from where you live. Leave home by allowing enough time to get to work.
- Follow work rules of your new workplace.
- Taking a day off without permission is against the rules. By doing so, you’ll be giving trouble both to your dispatching agency and the company you are sent to. Please be sure to call the person in charge of your attendance ahead of time.
(Effective September 2009)