2 Hours Less Work for Pregnant Women

Work hours of pregnant women at critical stages will be shortened by two hours a day starting Sept. 25.

The Ministry of Employment and Labor decided to revise relevant labor laws to boost the female workforce given the high risk of miscarriage for those within 12 weeks of pregnancy and premature birth for those after the 36th weeks of pregnancy, a spokesman said on Monday.

Workplaces with more than 300 permanent employees must approve pregnant workers' requests for shorter hours without cutting wages.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 25, 2014 12:22 KST