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Third Phase of 52-hour Work Week Legislation Implemented from July 1, 2021 to Companies Having 5 or More and Less than 50 employees

7/22/2021
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Third Phase of 52-hour Work Week Legislation Implemented from July 1, 2021 to Companies Having 5 or More and Less than 50 employees

As we announced previously, 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 max 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 already 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 companies having 5 - 49 employees.

For your reference once again, the implementation schedules in different phases were set out as below:

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

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

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