Not even HAL Laboratory, the respected company in charge of the beloved Kirby, is free from controversies. A former employee shared that they weren’t paid for the overtime work while working remotely during the pandemic.
As a response HAL Laboratory commented saying they had told employees to avoid this as they wouldn’t pay that extra time, meaning it would fall on the employee themselves. However, this specific person wasn’t told that instruction when they were hired, nor it was mentioned in their contract, which apparently led to HAL paying the money that the employee was owed.
HAL Laboratory has since been reprimanded by the Japanese Labour Standards Bureau.