The Labor Standards Law stipulates that an employer shall not make an employee work more than 8 hours per day, (allowing for a one hour break each day), 40 hours per week.
The Labor Standards Law stipulates that an employer shall provide employees with at least 45 minutes of break time when they work over 6 hours, and 1 hour of break time when they work over 8 hours.
The Labor Standards Law stipulates that an employer shall provide employees with at least one day off per week. Alternately, an employer must provide a minimum of four days off during each four-week period.
Aside from regular holidays, employees may take leave at any time. This is called “paid leave”. For example, an employer shall grant annual paid leave of ten working days, either consecutive or divided up into portions, to employees who have been employed continuously for 6 months calculated from the day of hiring. However, when the total working days or hours are not equivalent to full-time work for 6 months, paid leave is less likely to be provided. In addition, even if you are planning to take paid leave, in the case where it is inconvenient for your company on that day, the company is allowed to ask the employee to change the date. In that case, the employee can take paid leave another day.
Thus, there are strict rules concerning working hours and breaks. Unfortunately, there are many employers who do not follow these regulations. If you are unhappy with how your company has acted, please consult the nearest labor standards inspection office or the labor Union where you live.