Convenience stores, chain restaurants warned about unpaid overtime

Over 80 percent of managers at convenience stores and chain restaurants that had labor problems in the past are forced to work long hours without corresponding overtime pay, a government survey has found.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, which conducted the survey, has issued a warning to convenience stores and chain restaurants to correct the working conditions of their store managers.

The ministry’s warning issued on Tuesday indicated that anyone working under the following conditions should not be deemed as managers: Those not having the authority to employ part-time workers; those paid less than the minimum wage in terms of hourly wages; and those who cannot order their subordinates to work overtime.