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Retailers Add Evening Classes at Culture Centers to Match Shorter Working Hours

Retailers Add Evening Classes at Culture Centers to Match Shorter Working Hours

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Retailers are adding evening programs at their culture centers to accommodate office workers who will have extra time due to shortened legal working hours starting next month, industry officials said Tuesday. More customers are registering in evening classes at some retailers, including Hyundai Department Store, which increased after-work programs [...]

Parliament Passes Bill on Reduced Working Hours

Parliament Passes Bill on Reduced Working Hours

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at shortening working hours despite businesses’ concerns about increased labor costs. The revision to the Labor Standards Act calls for reducing the country’s maximum statutory working hours to 52 hours a week from the current 68 hours. The working hours under the revision comprise 40 hours a week and up to 12 hours for overtime work. Under the current rule, [...]

Business Community Concerned About Rising Costs over Reduced Working Hours

Business Community Concerned About Rising Costs over Reduced Working Hours

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s business community on Tuesday expressed concern about additional costs stemming from a looming reduction in a weekly working hours. The move came after the National Assembly’s environment and labor committee passed a bill aimed at shortening maximum statutory working hours to 52 hours a week from the [...]

S. Korean Public Servants Work up to 1,000 Hours More than Their OECD Counterparts a Year

S. Korean Public Servants Work up to 1,000 Hours More than Their OECD Counterparts a Year

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean public servants on around-the-clock duties, such as police and customs officials, work about 1,000 hours more a year than public workers in member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a government survey showed Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Personnel and Management’s survey, government [...]

Men on Paternity Leave on Steady Rise, Working Hours Down in 2016

Men on Paternity Leave on Steady Rise, Working Hours Down in 2016

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — More South Korean men are taking paternity leave nowadays, but their number still pales in comparison to that of women, data showed Friday. The data compiled by Statistics Korea showed that the number of male employees getting paternity leave came to 7,616 in 2016, up from 4,872 in 2015, [...]