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Record Number of S. Korean Workers Take on Part-time Jobs with Limited Benefits

Record Number of S. Korean Workers Take on Part-time Jobs with Limited Benefits

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of South Korean employees working fewer than 15 hours a week reached a new high last year, a statistics agency said Thursday. Statistics Korea reported that there were 1,577,000 people working between one and 14 hours per week last year, an increase of 65,000 people from the [...]

Seoul Metro Files Damages Suit Against Disability Rights Group over Subway Protests

Seoul Metro Files Damages Suit Against Disability Rights Group over Subway Protests

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Metro, the operator of the subway system in Seoul, has filed a damages suit against a disability rights advocacy group over its subway-riding protests, city officials said Tuesday. The city-run company filed the suit with the Seoul Central District Court on Friday seeking damages of 601.45 million won [...]

S. Korea to Guarantee 18 Months of Parental Leave for Working Parents

S. Korea to Guarantee 18 Months of Parental Leave for Working Parents

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean plans to expand the period of parental leave of working parents from the current one year to one year and six months, the labor ministry said Monday. The Ministry of Employment and Labor also said it plans to increase the quota of foreign workers with non-professional employment [...]

Incheon’s Bilingual City Plan for Songdo Stirs Up Controversy

Incheon’s Bilingual City Plan for Songdo Stirs Up Controversy

INCHEON, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The western port city of Incheon is setting out to launch a special project aimed at turning the city’s international business district of Songdo into a bilingual city where you can use both Korean and English. The Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZ) announced on Thursday that it made [...]

Blind App Flooded with Posts Complaining About Reverse Discrimination Against Men

Blind App Flooded with Posts Complaining About Reverse Discrimination Against Men

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — There are many posts complaining about reverse discrimination against men on Blind, an anonymous community app for the workplace, a women’s think tank said Tuesday. The Korea Women’s Development Institute categorized and analyzed 2,672 organizational culture-related comments posted on the Blind app during the period from August 2021 to [...]

Gov’t to Introduce Fast-track System for Foreign Talent to Obtain Permanent Residency

Gov’t to Introduce Fast-track System for Foreign Talent to Obtain Permanent Residency

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will introduce a new system to make it easier and faster for foreign talent with a specialty in science and technology to acquire permanent residency status and nationality, thus enabling them to settle in South Korea. The Ministry of Justice that it will start the Permanent Residency [...]

Chinese Students in Seoul Protest Against Beijing’s Zero-COVID Policy amid Controversy over Chinese ‘Police Stations’

Chinese Students in Seoul Protest Against Beijing’s Zero-COVID Policy amid Controversy over Chinese ‘Police Stations’

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A group of Chinese students studying in South Korea on Saturday held a demonstration against the Chinese government’s strict zero-COVID policy. This was the first anti-regime protest held by Chinese individuals in the country after controversy over a secret Chinese police station erupted. Six Chinese students and members of [...]

Gov’t to Give Grace Period to Small Firms for 52-hour Workweek System

Gov’t to Give Grace Period to Small Firms for 52-hour Workweek System

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will give a one-year grace period to small businesses with five to 49 employees for a mandatory 52-hour workweek system to relieve a worsening workforce shortage they are facing, the labor minister said Friday. The move comes after such small firms will no longer be able to [...]

Lonely Deaths Among Young Koreans Reflect Structural Problems in Society: Experts

Lonely Deaths Among Young Koreans Reflect Structural Problems in Society: Experts

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Economic problems represented by unemployment, coupled with multiple structural and social issues, are socially cornering young South Koreans, resulting in cases of lonely deaths, experts said Wednesday. Lonely death refers to a phenomenon of people with no relatives dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time. [...]