Emi Uchida is a partner from Atsumi & Sakai and experienced lawyer who has provided labour and employment law services. She started her career in 2000 at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (October 2000-March 2014). Then, she had worked for legal firms which are member of "big 4" accounting firms, EY Law Co. (April 2014-May2015) and DT Legal Japan (May 2015-July 2017).
Throughout her career, she has provided various labour and employment law services to multinational companies which include UK, US and other countries'/areas' inbound clients. She has advised inbound clients having Japanese subsidiaries or branches by directly communicating with global or Asia regional HR heads. She has also handled outbound engagements for Japanese multinational companies having oversea subsidiaries or branches by closely collaborating with foreign lawyers.
Examples of her services include:
- Advised non-Japanese multinational companies starting business in Japan on hiring officers, employees or consultants in Japan including immigration law advice;
- Advised non-Japanese multinational companies' Japanese subsidiaries or branches including (i) preparation or review of HR policies (such as work rules/employee handbook/code of conducts) by adopting global policies to the extent permissible and proper under Japanese laws and practices, (ii) advice on the communications with the employees for the implementation of new or revised HR policies;
- Advised on the implementation of new or revised salary, retirement allowance or DB/DC pension schemes;
- Advised on inbound, outbound and domestic M&A transactions and post-merger integration projects (e.g. restructuring, integration of salary schemes and other HR related policies, amendment to work rules, etc.);
- Advised on reduction in workforce including giving legal advice to the management, advising on severance packages and communications with employees, and preparing relevant documents in and outside Japan;
- Advised on daily HR related issues (e.g. poor-performers, mental health issues of employees, harassment issues, temporary workers related issues, disciplinary actions, dismissals) including explanation to, or negotiation with, the authorities (e.g. Labor Bureau) or labor unions;
- Acted as a litigator for the Japanese and non-Japanese multinational companies in lawsuits, preliminary dispositions and labour trials, and represented Japanese and non-Japanese multinational companies in the negotiations with labour unions; and
- Conducted in-house training seminars for the management or employees such as harassment prevention seminars.
She is a member of the Management Lawyers Counsel in Japan and the Labor Legislation Committee of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association. She has also been appointed as a member of the Headquarters for the Promotion of Gender Equality of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association.