HAL Laboratory, the studio behind the much loved Kirby video game series, was in trouble with the Japanese Labour Standards Bureau last year during the pandemic. The company was taken to account by the Labour Standard Bureau as an employee at HAL said that they weren’t paid for any of the overtime work they had put in while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. HAL Laboratory responded by saying staff working remotely from home had been informed they they shouldn’t work overtime as they wouldn’t be paid the extra. The company said that it was the employee’s fault that they did any additional work outside of standard working hours and that they wouldn’t pay for it. However, this wasn’t mentioned at all in the employee’s contract with the company and the person was not told by the company when they were hired. It seems that HAL Laboratory has now paid the employee what he was owed.