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Hideki Thurgood Kano

Hideki Thurgood Kano

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Tokyo, , JPN


Hideki Thurgood Kano is a partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified full-service law firms in Japan. Thurgood has been practicing exclusively in the area of labor and employment since 1995, assisting employers and companies (as opposed to employees and workers). Thurgood mainly acts on behalf of non-Japanese multinational companies, advising them on all aspects of labor and employment.

I. Collective Labor-Matters
(Collective Bargaining Sessions with Labor Unions, Concerted Activities (Strike, Picketing, and so on) of Labor Unions)

II. Individual Employment Matters
(Dismissal and Voluntary Resignation, Disciplinary Actions, Internal Transfer, External Secondment, Confusion between Workers Dispatch and Service-Providing Contract, Job Search, Employment of Aged People and Disabled People, Establishment of Wage Payment Systems and Retirement Benefit Systems, Implementation of Pay-per-Performance Systems, Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Mental Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Preparation of and Amendment to Work Rules of Employment, Preparation of Employment Contracts, Fixed-Term Employment Contracts, Executive Service Agreements, Prevention of Infringement of Corporate Data by Employees, Companies’ Protection and Transfer of Employees’ Data, Companies’ Rights Subsisting in Employees’ Invention or Works of Authorship, Whistle-blowing, Employment of Non-Japanese Workers and their Residing Permit, etc.)

III. Labor Insurance, Social Insurance and Pension Plans
(Workers Accident Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, Health Insurance, Welfare Pension Insurance, Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Welfare Pension Fund, Tax-Qualified Retirement Pension, etc.)

IV. Labor and Employment Related Dispute Resolution and Litigation
(Labor-Related and Employment-Related Litigation, Mediation on Individual Employment Dispute, Employment Tribunal Dispute Resolution, Remedy for Unfair Labor Practices, etc.)

Thurgood considers that employers’ demonstration of warm-heartedness towards, and consideration of, employees tends to be beneficial for the good morale and loyalty and productivity on the part of the employees, creating a better work environment because of a long-term relationship between employers and employees. The most important thing for employers is, Thurgood believes, to have their companies continue to exist for a long term (100 years), rather than making a profit within a short-term.
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