New law to require stress checks for workers

JIJI

The government plans to introduce stress checks for its workers, as the number of staff on leave due to mental illness remains high, according to sources.

Under the system, the National Personnel Authority plans to conduct a stress survey every year, based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act, which was revised last year, they said.

The law will oblige private companies with 50 or more employees to introduce stress checks, effective from December.

Employee stress checks will also be initiated at government agencies in stages from December, the sources said.

According to the personnel office, the number of government workers taking a month or more off due to mental illness rose from 1,050 in fiscal 1996 to 2,218 in fiscal 2001 and 3,376 in fiscal 2012.

In fiscal 2013 it was 3,450.