To help its employees balance childcare and work, the Shiseido Group in Japan offers a robust environment as detailed below.
Childcare leave: Shiseido employees may take maternity leave in excess of the legally required minimum for up to a total of five years during the period until their child turns three years of age. Employees are eligible to use the system three times for the same child under special circumstances. No wages will be paid by the Company to employees during childcare leave. However, employees receive childcare leave benefits through employment insurance. Shiseido has a communication system called the Childcare Plan which allows female employees to confirm with their supervisors the process from pregnancy onward to return to their workplace. This plan, intended to facilitate employees’ smooth return to work, reduces anxiety about pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare, and is also a means to share information when a supervisor changes.
Maternity leave (Leave before delivery, leave after delivery): Employees may take up to six weeks paid leave before delivery and eight weeks partially paid leave after the birth of a child. For the unpaid portion, cumulative paid leave and annual paid leave systems are available. If employees choose to take unpaid maternity leave, they can claim maternity allowance through the Shiseido Health Insurance Society.
Paternity leave: Employees may take paternity paid leave* for up to two weeks during the period until their child turns three years of age. This benefit is mainly to encourage male employees to take paternity leave and is provided in excess of the legally required minimum.
- *When an employee's partner (spouse, etc.) gives birth, special paid leave of up to five days is available in addition to paternity leave.
Well-being of employees raising children: Japanese law requires the introduction of a short working hours system for employees with children until their child turns three years of age, Shiseido allows up to two hours reduction in working hours per day until the first end of March after their child turns nine years of age. During the period until their child turns one year of age, one hour of the reduced hours is covered as paid time.
Support for beauty consultants raising children: When beauty consultants, who work in over-the-counter customer service, utilize the “Childcare Time” system for short working hours, substitute staff called Kangaroo Staff are sent to support sales counter operations in the evening hours. Since the Company began employing Kangaroo Staff in 2007, it has become easier for employees working in sales operations to balance work and childcare.
Childcare facilities: The Company has two childcare facilities at offices where many Shiseido employees work: Kangaroom Shiodome (Minato Ward, Tokyo) and Kangaroom Kakegawa (Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture). These facilities offer regular monthly childcare and temporary childcare services. Caretakers can also utilize the services to relieve themselves from childcare for a while and refresh themselves. Services are offered to employees at discounted fees to help them return to work at an optimum time of their choosing. The facilities are open not only to Shiseido employees but also to those from nearby companies and neighboring residents. The Company also established KODOMOLOGY Co., Ltd. in 2017 within the Shiseido Group to entrust the operation and consulting of in-house childcare facilities.
Childcare contributions: Employees of the Shiseido Group in Japan who support children are provided allowances for expenses related to nursery school, babysitters, and education. (Childcare and education contributions are available through the Cafeteria Plan*.)
- *A corporate employee benefits plan with a point system. Employees can select options freely from a menu of services using points they have acquired.
Paid leave for the healthcare of children: Employees can take paid leave on an hourly basis for children under elementary school age (usually age six and under) in need of nursing care due to sickness or injury, and when they receive checkups or vaccinations. Employees are entitled to paid leave in excess of the legally required minimum for up to five days (40 hours) a year for one child and up to 10 days (80 hours) a year for two or more children.
Partner accompaniment for childcare: Employees with children up to the third grade in elementary school (i.e., until the first end of March after their child turns nine years of age) may request to accompany their partners who are transferred within Japan so that employees can continue their careers.
Operational guidelines for transfers of employees raising children that involve a change of address: In Japan, the Child Care and Family Care Leave Act requires employers to consider employees’ situations regarding childcare or family care when they are relocated. Shiseido has established operational guidelines for the transfer of employees raising children that involve a change of address. Employees who utilize the “Childcare Time” or “Family Care Time” system are exempted from transfers that involve a change of address at their request.