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Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

Supreme Court Rules Religious Belief Valid Reason for Refusing Mandatory Military Service

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that religious and conscientious beliefs are to be considered valid reasons for refusing the military service mandate, overturning its decision from 14 years ago. In a 9-4 vote, the full bench led by Chief Justice Kim Meong-su delivered the decision and ordered an appellate [...]

Supreme Court Orders Japanese Firm to Provide Compensation for Wartime Forced Labor

Supreme Court Orders Japanese Firm to Provide Compensation for Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL/TOKYO, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate four South Koreans for wartime forced labor and unpaid work, casting a cloud over already soured ties between the two neighbors. The top court upheld an appeals court ruling in 2013, which ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal [...]

Supreme Court Says GM Korea Should Include Performance-Based Wage as Ordinary Pay

Supreme Court Says GM Korea Should Include Performance-Based Wage as Ordinary Pay

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The nation’s top court ruled Thursday that GM Korea Co. should count performance-based monthly wages paid to its employees as part of their ordinary salaries. A total of 1,025 of its workers filed a lawsuit demanding the management include performance-based pay and vacation stipends as part of ordinary pay [...]