Sanno Park Tower 12F (Reception) and 14F,
11-1, Nagatacho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-6114, Japan

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: G06 Tameike-sanno Station, Exit 7 (directly accessible through the second basement)

Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line: N06 Tameike-sanno Station, Exit 7 (directly accessible through the second basement)

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: C07 Kokkai-gijido-mae Station, Exit 5 (3 minutes’ walk)

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line: M14 Kokkai-gijido-mae Station, Exit 5 (10 minutes’ walk through Chiyoda Line platform)

Labor/Employment

The workplace in Japan has changed dramatically in less than a decade, such as restructurings, acquisitions, introduction of IT to business and communications, adoption of pay-per-performance systems, chronic conditions of working long hours, liquidation of employment, increase of temporary-employment, rise in the labor turnover rate of new graduates, etc. In addition, almost all companies now have headaches in treating employees who have developed stress-related “mental health” disorders. There seems to be no end to executives and regular employees who transfer to competitors even if they promised not to compete after resignation. However, it should be said that these are only a small part of the problems that prevail in the workplace. It is said that human resources that support companies are increasingly isolated and exhausted, mentally and physically, and as a result, lose morale, a sense of ethics, and feelings of loyalty to their companies. For companies, it is important for risk management strategies to come to grips with labor issues, consequently, leading to maintaining and bolstering their competitive strengths.

On the other hand, due to the progress of individuals’ awareness of rights and heightened feelings of compliance in society, people do not hesitate to make accusations, and increasingly people are running to unions associated by individuals. The industrial tribunal system has further lowered the barriers of entry to court. As to the labor administration, it tends to willingly authorize workmen’s compensation and it enforces supervision and retraining through detecting unpaid overtime work and sham contract work. People finally have become aware of labor laws and the need to implement them. As well as updating employment rules and other company regulations according to frequent legislative amendments, we must revise them from a strategic viewpoint.

In such situation, every person in charge of personnel, legal and compliance, etc., should closely coordinate under the leadership of top executives, get assistance from external experts (lawyers, doctors, etc.), and work aggressively on improvement and adjustment of the working environment, as well as prevention and resolution of labor disputes.

Our firm has, from early on, worked on these relevant labor issues utilizing our abundant experience of overall support of personnel and labor affairs for both Japanese and foreign company clients whether their scale is large or small. We provide comprehensive and strategic legal services on “labor” from routine empathetic consulting to effective solution of disputes.

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An article titled “Q&A: Points to Note When Handling Personal Information,” written by Hiroyasu Kageshima, was published in Romu Jijo.

An Employment Law Alliance podcast, in which Rikisuke Yamanaka is the guest speaker, has become available.

An Employment Law Alliance podcast on the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Power Harassment Prevention Act, in which Rikisuke Yamanaka is the guest speaker, has become available.

A series of articles concerning corporate responses to harassment, from the discovery of harassment to dispute resolution, written by Shinobu Yanagita, was posted on the website of Profession Journal.

Kenji Sarukura delivered a lecture on specific cases of addressing trouble-making employees and how to prevent trouble making.

Rikisuke Yamanaka served as the moderator of a webinar held by the Employment Law Alliance.

An article on measures to address smuggling/leakage of confidential information by a retiree, written by Shinobu Yanagita, was posted on “BUSINESS LAWYERS.”

A series of articles concerning corporate responses to harassment, from the discovery of harassment to dispute resolution, written by Shinobu Yanagita, was posted on the website of Profession Journal.

Our firm and lawyers received high evaluations in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 Guide.

An English article on how to address harassment whistleblowing when the whistleblower requests anonymity, written by Rikisuke Yamanaka and Kazuya Sato, was posted on “BUSINESS LAWYERS.”

Shinobu Yanagita’s comment on vaccination harassment was published in The Japan Times and other media.

A series of articles concerning corporate responses to harassment, from the discovery of harassment to dispute resolution, written by Shinobu Yanagita, was posted on the website of Profession Journal.

Shinobu Yanagita’s comment on vaccination harassment was published in the Kitanippon Shimbun and other media.

Shinobu Yanagita’s comment on vaccination harassment was published in the Chunichi Shimbun and other media.

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