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Court Recognizes Chauffeurs as Laborers

Court Recognizes Chauffeurs as Laborers

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court ruled for the first time that chauffeurs are laborers with legal rights to engage in collective bargaining. The Eastern Branch of Busan District Court rejected a lawsuit submitted by two chauffeur service providers against three chauffeurs. The two chauffeur services in Busan have been using [...]

Supreme Court Rules Quitting a Job Because You Won’t Get Paid is the Same as Being Fired

Supreme Court Rules Quitting a Job Because You Won’t Get Paid is the Same as Being Fired

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Employees sometimes quit their jobs on their own when their employers tell them to look elsewhere for reasons such as deteriorating business conditions. In this case, a South Korean court ruled that it should be seen as a “discharge,” not a “self-imposed resignation.” On Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned [...]

Court Rules Personal Grooming Does Not Constitute ‘Work’

Court Rules Personal Grooming Does Not Constitute ‘Work’

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by workers who asked their employer to pay them overtime for the time spent on so-called “grooming for work,” which typically involves applying makeup and styling one’s hair. The Seoul Central District Court ruled Thursday that 335 employees of a [...]

Court Orders State to Compensate New Zealander over Mandatory HIV Test Policy

Court Orders State to Compensate New Zealander over Mandatory HIV Test Policy

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court has ordered South Korea’s government to compensate a New Zealand national for being asked to undergo a mandatory human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test under a now-defunct government policy while working as an English teacher here a decade ago, court officials said Wednesday. The Seoul Central District [...]

Courts Rule in Favor of Local Governments over Solar Power Projects

Courts Rule in Favor of Local Governments over Solar Power Projects

YEONGDONG, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A series of court rulings have been made indicating that local governments are justified in disallowing solar power facilities that are recklessly installed amid the renewable energy craze. On June 29, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by a solar power company against Yeongdong County, North Chungcheong Province, [...]

Court Rules University Justified in Dismissal of Professor Who Made Discriminatory Remarks

Court Rules University Justified in Dismissal of Professor Who Made Discriminatory Remarks

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court has ruled that the dismissal of a university professor who made sexist remarks to his students, such as “getting married is getting a job,” was justified. The Seoul Administrative Court said Sunday that it had ruled against a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against a [...]

Conscientious Objectors Get Prison Time Despite Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision

Conscientious Objectors Get Prison Time Despite Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision last year that religious and conscientious beliefs are to be considered valid reasons for refusing the military service mandate, an increasing number of courts across South Korea have been accepting conscientious objectors. However, there continue to be a number of cases where objectors [...]

Supreme Court Rules Working Age Limit for Cement Truck Drivers Should be Raised

Supreme Court Rules Working Age Limit for Cement Truck Drivers Should be Raised

SEOUL, Apr. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled recently that the working age limit for ready-mix concrete truck drivers should be raised to over 60 years old. The decision comes after the Supreme Court’s consensus in February that the working age limit for physical laborers should be raised to the maximum of [...]