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Naver Under Fire for Asking Employees to Work More than Statutory Working Hours

Naver Under Fire for Asking Employees to Work More than Statutory Working Hours

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Violations of the Labor Standards Act, including overtime work exceeding the statutory working hours, are rampant at Naver Corp., a recent survey showed. The South Korean search giant’s labor union recently conducted a survey with of members belonging to the firm’s three CIC (Company in Company) units. The results [...]

Longer Working Hours Hurt Productivity: Study

Longer Working Hours Hurt Productivity: Study

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Longer hours of work don’t necessarily increase labor productivity, research showed Thursday. In fact, working 52 hours per week resulted in less productivity than working 40 hours. A joint research team from the Catholic University of Korea Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital and Seoul National University’s school of medicine conducted [...]

Gov’t to Restrict Working Hours for Apartment Guards

Gov’t to Restrict Working Hours for Apartment Guards

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The government said Wednesday that the classification of apartment guards as ‘surveillance·intermittent workers’ will be limited if they are forced to do other work such as parking management and waste separation and collection beyond a certain threshold. The category of surveillance·intermittent workers refers to those who perform surveillance work [...]

Majority of Salaried Employees Call for Expansion of Flexible Working Hours

Majority of Salaried Employees Call for Expansion of Flexible Working Hours

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — About 80 percent of salaried workers in South Korea support the expansion of flexible working hours, based on the recognition that the correlation between working hours and work performance is low, the country’s leading business lobby group said Wednesday. The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) recently conducted [...]

40 pct of Delivery Drivers Work Over 14 Hours per Day During Peak Season

40 pct of Delivery Drivers Work Over 14 Hours per Day During Peak Season

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — About 40 percent of parcel delivery drivers in South Korea work more than 14 hours a day during peak seasons, government data showed Tuesday. The labor ministry released its study on the work conditions and health of couriers following a recent series of deaths of workers apparently from overwork. [...]

Longer Working Hours Lead to Higher Chance of Miscarriage: Study

Longer Working Hours Lead to Higher Chance of Miscarriage: Study

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Female workers working more than 70 hours per week are 1.7 times more likely to suffer a miscarriage than those who work fewer than 50 hours a week. A research team led by Prof. Lee Jun-hee from Soonchunhyang University Hospital Seoul and Prof. Lee Wan-hyung from Gachon University Gil [...]

Spending on Education, Hobbies Rise amid 52-hour Workweek Policy in 2018

Spending on Education, Hobbies Rise amid 52-hour Workweek Policy in 2018

SEOUL, Mar. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean workers’ spending on education and hobbies increased last year, due largely to the implementation of the government’s 52-hour workweek policy, government data showed Sunday Total household spending on private education came to 42.24 trillion won (US$37.15 billion) last year, up 3.22 percent from a year earlier, according [...]

Focus on Safety Means Switch to Daytime Trash Collection in Pyeongchang

Focus on Safety Means Switch to Daytime Trash Collection in Pyeongchang

PEONGCHANG, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Pyeongchang-gun in Gangwon Province will have street cleaners work during the daytime starting this year to prevent them from being exposed to various kinds of accidents. Previously, many street cleaners used to begin work before 4 a.m., despite official working hours starting at 6 a.m.. Street cleaners were constantly [...]