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Practice Areas

Employment

Orrick is recognized as one of the top law firms in labor and employment law in Japan. Our Tokyo employment team has a wide range of experience with the complex issues encountered by employers in Japan, particularly in the context of the interconnected global economy.  We go beyond the legal requirements and resolve problems in the most commercially acceptable way, taking into account the particular needs of each client’s business.

When dealing with the sensitive and confidential issues that arise in this area, personal service is crucial. At Orrick, clients always know who to contact in an emergency and are assured of a prompt response and, if a crisis occurs, our global Legal Strategic and Crisis Communications Group will help manage the publicity and prevent the crisis from becoming a disaster.

Counseling

We provide strategic counseling and drafting assistance to clients on day-to-day employment issues and long-term strategies, covering the complete spectrum of the employment relationship from recruitment to retirement.

Our Tokyo Employment Group provides advice on key employment issues under the Labor Standards Law and other related regulations, including:

  • Executive compensation and benefits
  • Executive hiring and removal
  • Contractual documentation and policies for employees (for example, work rules)
  • Wrongful and unfair dismissals
  • Redundancies
  • Discrimination and equal opportunities
  • Sexual and “power” harassment
  • Protecting confidentiality
  • Advising on non-competition restrictions
  • Whistleblower cases
  • Internal investigations
  • Advising and assisting companies subject to labor inspections' instructions and inspections (e.g., overtime wage- and-hour audit and defense)
  • Treatment of employee inventions and goodwill
  • Health and safety
 

Litigation

When litigation cannot be avoided, we represent clients in the relevant courts in Japan. We work closely with clients to minimize the disruption to their business and to ensure they understand what to expect. We use valuable settlement tools, such as mediation and labor tribunal, when appropriate.

Training

We provide tailored training to clients to help them implement human resources best practices and manage their workforces effectively. We also keep clients informed of major developments in employment law as they happen.

Employment-Related Counseling for M&A and Other Transactions

We work with our transactional lawyers to provide support on the employment aspects related to the strategic transactions of our clients, including mergers acquisitions, business and asset transfers, joint ventures, outsourcing, etc.

Employment and employee pensions and benefits are an important consideration in mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures, as well as in complex corporate restructurings in Japan. Increasingly, these matters are becoming one of the essential issues negotiated between the buyer and seller both at the stages of acquisition and post-integration of the acquired company.

We have extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive employment relations strategies for clients planning significant changes in their operations such as restructurings, sales of assets, acquisitions, mergers and downsizings.

Rankings and Awards

Chambers Asia, 2013: Orrick is recognized as a leading international law firm in Japan for Employment Law. Mark Weeks is recognized as a Leading Individual and Yumiko Ohta is recognized as an Associate to Watch for Employment Law in Japan.

Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2013: Orrick is recognized as a leading international law firm for Labour and Employment Law in Japan. Mark Weeks is recognized as a Leading Individual in the Japan Labour and Employment Law category.

Before proceeding, please note: If you are not a current client of Orrick, please do not include any information in this email that you or someone else considers to be confidential or secret in nature. Prior to the establishment of a lawyer-client relationship, unsolicited emails from non-clients containing confidential or secret information cannot be protected from disclosure.


Key Contacts

L. Mark Weeks
Partner

Corporate
mweeks@orrick.com
+81 3 3224 2925

Yumiko Ohta
Partner

Employment Law
yohta@orrick.com
+81 3 3224 2829