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First (Black company is being spread widely)
We often hear the word, ‘black company’ on the news and web site. Black company is defined as follows;
Black company is a company that force workers to work under inferior environment. The company that we can’t recommend you to apply and or enter to in a broad sense.
・Forcing workers to work in an environment that intentionally violates the labor law or the possibility under violation of it(gray zone).
・Forcing worker to work under violation of variety law regarding business activities, or too much over work, not considering worker’s health, or refusing the worker’s rights to get insurance if something bad happened to them while working.
・Forcing workers to take an imposing and irrational burden far from real work by using power harassment that means violent enforcement as conventional way.
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You can hear a conversation between two people after you play the sound. Answer the questions about the conversation.
ConversationYou can see the conversation script after you click here.
QuestionYou can see the question after you click here.
1. What was the reason why Tetsuya thought her company was a black company?
A. She has been sexually harassed by her boss.
B. She worked beyond the specified time by the government.
C. Canteen doesn’t serve steak.
D. She got carried to the hospital due to dizziness.
2. What does Tetsuya suggest her to do?
A. To take an advice from an administrative organization.
B. To take a train an hour earlier to her company.
C. Don’t put too much sugar to her coffee.
D. To propose a refund of ticket.
3. Why does Tetsuya have no money this month?
A. The entrance fee was higher than he expected.
B. He paid too much money for train fare.
C. He was pick-pocketed on the train.
D. He became a waste consumer.
Answer and ExplanationYou can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that It’s illegal if overtime work is over 45 hours a month.
A: It’s possible that it’s illegal, but it was not mentioned.
D: Although it was a fact, it was not mentioned whether falling down due to dizziness is the effect of illegal overtime in her company.
The administrative organization mentioned here is pertaining to the Labor Standards Inspection Office mentioned in the conversation. In addition, “to consult with” has the same meaning with “to take advice”.
B and C: They’re not mentioned.
D: It’s not mentioned by Tetsuya, but Mariko suggested it to Tetsuya.
He said “I pushed the button to Tokyo accidentally instead of Nagoya” and “It’s more expensive”.
A: There’s a possibility of regarding this as the cause, but it was not mentioned in the conversation.
C: It is not mentioned also.
D: He said ‘No’ clearly.
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What do you think about working overtime and black company?
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How is the situation in other countries?
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- What kind of company could be defined as black company in your opinion?
- How to deal with if your company is a black company?
- How to stop increasing the number of black companies in Japan?
- What is the best way to find out if a company is a black company?
- Do you think there are black companies outside Japan too?