Keep hires on until 65, ministry says

Kyodo

In light of the government’s drive to raise the retirement age of 60, companies should be required to continue employing their workers until age 65, providing they wish to keep working, the labor ministry has proposed.

As part of its push to increase workers’ pensionable age, the government will submit a bill to revise the law on elderly employment when the Diet opens in January. But given the corporate world’s staunch opposition to making continued employment after 60 obligatory, enactment remains uncertain.

Under current law, companies are obliged to keep employing their workers until age 65, but are also allowed to use various criteria to select which employees to keep on.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry proposed abolishing the current system so that all those who wish to continue to work are guaranteed employment. The plan was presented Wednesday at a meeting of the Labor Policy Council.