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Samsung Execs Sentenced to Jail in Union-busting Case

Samsung Execs Sentenced to Jail in Union-busting Case

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court handed down jail terms to key Samsung executives on Tuesday and detained them for sabotaging labor union activities at the top conglomerate’s customer service unit. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Lee Sang-hoon, Samsung Electronics Co.’s chairman of board, to 18 months in prison for breaching [...]

Court Puts Brakes on New Solar Energy Facilities over Environmental Damage Concerns

Court Puts Brakes on New Solar Energy Facilities over Environmental Damage Concerns

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean court has put the brakes on the controversial development of solar energy facilities in mountainous areas, over concerns about environmental damage. On Tuesday, the Cheongju District Court ruled against the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by two solar power companies against Eumseong County, North Chungcheong Province, [...]

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 [...]