Employment Law Japan and Hong Kong

Employment Law Japan and Hong Kong

A comprehensive overview of employment laws in Japan and Hong Kong

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Price: £550 + VAT
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This highly practical seminar on employment law in Japan and Hong Kong will provide professionals who have, or expect to have, responsibility for staff in Japan and Hong Kong with up to date, quality information about the local laws. You will learn about the ways in which staff can be successfully recruited, developed, managed and terminated.

This seminar, facilitated by law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Bird and Bird, will clarify the legislative framework and new legal developments in Japan and Hong Kong. 

Highlights include:

  • Local legal system and employment legislation
  • Relocating expatriate employees
  • Recruiting, selecting and hiring staff
  • Employment contracts and working time
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Current trends and developments



Welcome and objectives


An overview of the employment law framework in Japan

  • Introduction to Japanese employment law
  • New Trends

Hiring employees in Japan: employment contracts and services contracts

  • Offering employment
  • Social Insurance
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Reference checks

Coffee and networking


Termination and Labour Disputes

  • Grounds for termination – redundancy, poor performance
  • Notice for termination
  • Encouragement for resignation with a severance package
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Labour dispute resolution:  Labour Tribunals and Full Merit Trials



The employment framework in Hong Kong

Key areas of Hong Kong employment legislation will be discussed, including commentary on landmark cases and the latest employment issues – with the opportunity for Q&A throughout. Key areas covered include:


  • Local legal system and employment legislation
  • Relocating expatriate employees
  • Recruiting, selecting and hiring staff in Hong Kong
  • Employment contracts and working time
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Current trends and developments

Coffee and networking


Practical application of the law to working practices in Hong Kong

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to apply Hong Kong employment law covered in the morning session to real life workplace scenarios, enabling them to have hands-on experience of dealing with challenging situations as well as to receive advice on best practice solutions


Questions and answers


End of seminar

Yumiko Ohta Yumiko Ohta

Yumiko Ohta

Yumiko Ohta is a Partner in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the firm’s employment law group. Ms. Ohta specializes mainly in employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, litigation and general corporate transactions.

Ms. Ohta graduated from the University of Tokyo and is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Tokyo Summary Court Civil Affairs Conciliation Board. She also serves as Vice- Chair of Human Resource Management in the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ).  

Ms. Ohta has been recognized as “Up and Coming” in Chambers Asia-Pacific for Employment Law: International Japan (2019) and as “Next Generation Lawyer” in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for Labour and Employment Law: International, Japan (2019). 

Erica Chong Erica Chong

Erica Chong

Erica Chong is a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She is a commercial litigator with 10-years’ experience in complex commercial disputes, international arbitration and corporate investigation.  Ms. Chong also advises major multinationals on all aspects of employment-related issues, including enforcement and application of restrictive covenants, claims for breach of employment contracts, variation of contractual terms, and employee benefit plans.   

She was Associate Editor of “Workplace Data: Law and Litigation” and the Asia Co-editor of “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law – An International Survey” published by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.

Ms. Chong obtained her Bachelor of Laws and PCLL at the University of Hong Kong, and is qualified to practise in Hong Kong and California. She serves as Secretary to the Committee on Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Hong Kong.

Designed for HR directors and managers, employment law advisers, employee relations professionals and line managers who have, or expect to have, responsibility for staff in Japan and Hong Kong

Pre-course Questionnaire

Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Choose the right approach for you:

Headset Face-to-face attendance   Book online

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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