Five Year Limit
by Kevin R Burns
The Five Year Limit, How to Deal with it?
If you teach at a university in Japan and you are asked to take a break or asked if you would like to take a break, politely state that you do not want to take any breaks. You wish to teach every semester.
If you agree to take a break or sign a document stating which semester you might wish to take off, it could hurt you in the future. Your institution may use this document against you in order to terminate your contract.
Vague promises may be made that they can rehire you after six months, but it is illegal to guarantee definite reemployment after a six month hiatus. Also how can they? They will have replaced you by then with another teacher.So Never Say you are Willing to Take a Semester Off!
Your colleagues who tell you about this may be well meaning but naive about the actual goal of the institution. They may have been kept in the dark. So never agree to take a break.The Right of Expectation
If you started working at your institution prior to 2013, you may qualify for the right of expectation. That is that your contract will be renewed every year.
Some institutions have violated Article 90 of the Labor Standards Law, in order to nullify your Right of Expectation. Don`t give up your right!
Again if you are given a paper asking which sememsters you will be able to take off, make sure you write that you will teach all of them.More information - The Union of University Part-time Lecturers in Tokyo Area
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