Unicharm to adopt eight-hour mandatory rest time rule, limited telecommuting system

Sanitary and daily goods maker Unicharm Corp. said Thursday it will make eight-hour intervals between starting and finishing times at the office mandatory to reduce fatigue caused by unnecessary overtime.

The move, part of its working-style reform, is aimed at alleviating fatigue among employees who are raising children or caring for parents.

From January, the company, where regular shifts start at 8 a.m. and end at 4:50 p.m., will in principle ban all employees from working after 10 p.m. and recommend they rest for 10 consecutive hours or more.

As another reform measure, Unicharm will fully introduce a work-at-home system for employees excluding factory workers, also in January.

The eligible employees will be allowed to do work at home, or elsewhere outside their offices, for up to four days per month without being asked why.

The system was introduced in advance in part of the marketing division earlier this month and proved popular with employees, Unicharm officials said.

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