Subaru fails to pay $7M in wages

Over 3,400 employees were not compensated for over two years' worth of overtime work, finds probe

Subaru fails to pay $7M in wages

About 3,400 employees at Subaru Corp were not paid over US$7 million in overtime pay due to underreported hours.

The Japanese automaker said it did not pay staffers overtime wages for over two years. They were paid last March.

The finding was revealed in an internal probe following the 2016 suicide of an overworked employee. The deceased worker’s family were the first to disclose the findings last week in Japanese media.

In its probe, Subaru found that majority of workers underreported overtime hours “so as not to exceed the limit for the budget for overtime work”. The company has taken steps to ensure workers don’t falsely report their work hours.

They also said they owe the deceased worker over US$37,335 in overtime pay. According to Reuters, settlement talks are ongoing with his family.

In 2016, a white-collar worker committed suicide at Subaru’s factory during the time when the automaker was enjoying a high volume of sales due to the popularity of its cars in the US. Authorities ruled the death as “karoshi” or death from overwork.

One company is using technology to help curb Japan’s culture of working long hours. Here’s the story: Could tech help curb Japan’s overwork mania?

Related stories

Free newsletter

Our daily newsletter is FREE and keeps you up-to-date with the world of HR. Please complete the form below and click on subscribe for daily newsletters from HRD Asia.

Recent articles & video

Labour chief urges firms to raise retirement age

Firm fined $220K for workplace explosion

Should you offer bereavement leave for pets?

This is why office friendships are vital to HR

Most Read Articles

Employer of Choice winners revealed

Why 'always on' culture is bad for HR

Singaporeans' surprising 'top life goal' revealed