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Labour Law

Labour Law

Iwata Godo is highly experienced in the field of labour law through such practices as (i) routinely providing legal advice on various matters including (a) establishing and/or amending employment related internal rules and regulations including workplace regulations and (b) corporate compliance in the field of employment related laws and regulations covering such issues as recruitment, tentative job offer, personnel affairs (ex. internal personnel reshuffle, secondment, transfer etc.), overtime work, disciplinary measures and labour unions, (ii) handling various legal issues arising in the course of corporate restructuring (ex. handling of labour unions, reduction in workforce, succession of labour contracts, unification of labour conditions etc.) and (iii) conducting labour related due diligence in order to spot any labour related legal problems (ex. unpaid overtime, disguised contract labour, only-in-the-name managers etc.).

We further offer wide range of legal services, drawing upon our experiences in litigation and our expertise in dispute resolution, including but not limited to (i) representation of client employers in many cases where filings for mediation, labour tribunal or litigation have been made from labour side, (ii) provision of advice to client employers dealing with fraudulent employees on appropriate internal disciplinary actions and measures to prevent recurrence and (iii) representation of such employers, if necessary, in litigation to claim damages caused by such employees.

Recently, we have seen significant increase in number of cases where we advise and/or represent the employer clients on number of issues that have become matter of public concern (ex. cancellation of tentative job offers, refusal of extension/renewal of contracts with contingent workers, implementation of early retirement programs, sexual harassments, power harassments, work-related injuries and illnesses including karoshi (death caused by overwork) and mental disorder etc.) and litigations claiming damages caused thereby. Such advice may cover the handling of labour union reactions to above mentioned issues, if necessary. We further offer legal services concerning specific and particular labour issues such as those in non-profit corporations including educational corporation.

Publications Related to Labour Law

  • 2020.09

    Matsubara Takahiro's commentary titled "Revised 'Guidelines for Promoting Side Jobs/Part-Time Jobs" - Clarification of Rules regarding Management of Working Hours in cases of Side Jobs/Part-Time Jobs." Is available on the Shoji Home Portal Site.

    Author:
    MATSUBARA Takahiro 
  • 2020.09

    Fujiwara Hiroki and Nakamura Saeko co-authored the 9th article of the series "Labor Management Counseling in accordance with a Variety of Working Styles by Industry and Occupation" titled "Manufacturing Industry (3)" which appears in the September 2020 issue of a monthly magazine, Jinji Romu Jitsumu no Q&A.

  • 2020.09

    Fujiwara Hiroki authored the 102nd article of the series "Let's Check Judicial Precedents!" titled, 'We were charged for overtime work by an outsourcing sales staff, but we have not paid it.'" which appears in September 1, 2020 issue of Roumu Jijo.

    Author:
    FUJIWARA Hiroki 
  • 2020.08

    Fujiwara Hiroki authored the feature article titled "Impact of Corona Shock on the Labor Market, and Overall Picture of the Employment Adjustments and Personnel Reductions that Companies can Take" which appears in October 2020 issue of Business Houmu.

    Author:
    FUJIWARA Hiroki 
  • 2020.08

    Fujiwara Hiroki authored the 101st article of the series "Let's Check Judicial Precedents!" entitled, 'The Amount Equivalent to Overtime Allowance will be Deducted from the Percentage Pay when Determining it.'" which appears in August 1 and 15, 2020 issue of Roumu Jijo.

    Author:
    FUJIWARA Hiroki 

Lectures, Seminars and Conferences Related to Labour Law

  • 2018.08

    Motomura Takeshi, Mutou Yuuki, Hazama Hiroyoshi and Sasaki Tomoo participated in a panel discussion of IPO seminar jointly held by Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group, Plutus Consulting and Iwata Godo.

News Related to Labour Law

  • 2019.06

    Fujiwara Hiroki's comment was introduced in the article of the Nikkei.

    Fujiwara Hiroki commented as a lawyer specialized in labor laws on an article titled "Practical Rules for Doing Side Business Need to be Established" which appeared in the morning edition of Nikkei newspaper dated May 20, 2019.

  • 2018.03

    Fujiwara Hiroki's comment was introduced in the article of the Nikkei.

    A comment of Fujiwara Hiroki, as an expert lawyer in labor law, was introduced in the article titled "Treatment of Freelance Workers, How to Prevent 'Abuse of Superior Bargaining Position'" in the morning edition of the Nikkei dated March 19, 2018.

  • 2017.01

    Fujiwara Hiroki and Landry Guesdon co-authored an article in English entitled "Employment and employee benefits in Japan" regarding such themes as employment system, employee benefits and employee personal data protection, which is available in Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law.

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