The case came to light in March this year after it was revealed that the man’s family claimed workers’ compensation in spring 2017, which was granted in December the same year.
The case has drawn mounting attention in the Diet as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing legislation that will relax labor regulations. Provisions for applying the system to more workers were deleted from the legislation soon before the case surfaced.
Employees under the discretionary working system are paid predetermined wages regardless of how many overtime hours they actually worked, based on the assumption that they will put in certain amounts of overtime.
気になった単語は predetermined /priːdɪˈtɜːmɪnd/ です。
また、LDOCEでは “decided or arranged before something happens, so that it does not happen by chance” とありました。