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Third phase of the 52-hour work week legislation to be implemented from July 1, 2021 to the companies having 5 to 49 employees

11/18/2020
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l Third phase of the 52-hour work week legislation to be implemented from July 1, 2021 to the companies having 5 to 49 employees

As announced earlier in 2019, the Korean government introduced the 52-hour work week legislation stipulating that the maximum work hours including overtime and holiday work shall be limited to maximum 52 hours per week in an effort to improve long working hours of the workers and their quality of life.

This 52-hour work week legislation is being implemented in different phases depending on company size with the first phase started from July 1, 2018 for the companies having 300 or more employees. The third phase will take effect from July 1, 2021 that will be applicable to the companies having 5 to 49 employees.

For your reference once again, the implementation schedules for the third (final) phases are as below:

1st phase - 300 or more employees: July 1, 2018

2nd phase - 50 or more but less than 300: January 1, 2020

(The grace periods for enforcing 52-hour work week will end as of December 31, 2020.)

3rd phase (final) - 5 or more but less than 50: July 1, 2021

(Extended work hours up to 8 hours will be allowed temporarily if there is a written agreement with the employee representative till December 31, 2022.)