August 25, 2014 13:07
This year's Chuseok will be the first time the new substitute holidays are actually implemented. Substitute holidays are added on a working day if the holiday falls on a weekend.
Chuseok Day is on Monday, Sept. 8, but the statutory three-day holiday begins one day before Chuseok Day, the Sunday, so it is being pushed to Wednesday, Sept. 10.
This will apply to government offices, effectively giving public employees a five-day break, while staff in private firms will have to follow company policy since the measure is not mandatory for them.
The Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business recently carried out a survey of members about their Chuseok plans, and only 14.1 percent replied that they will take the substitute holiday.
Some 5.3 percent said they have not decided, and 1.1 percent said they will work as usual and will not take any day off.
Some 66.1 percent replied that they will have a four-day holiday.
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