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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 [...]

Gov’t to Reassess Reduction in Working Hours, Ways to Boost Economy

Gov’t to Reassess Reduction in Working Hours, Ways to Boost Economy

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The government will come up with measures to improve a recently implemented shorter workweek, a presidential official said Tuesday, signaling possible changes to the mandatory reduction in working hours that many say is causing problems for both businesses and workers. The official made the remark after a meeting of [...]

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 [...]