Businesses Want More Time to Prepare for Shorter Working Week

  • By Gwak Rae-geon

    June 20, 2018 12:24

    The Korea Employers Federation, the leading big-business lobby, has officially asked the government for six more months so member firms can adjust to the shortened 52-hour working week.

    The KEF said Tuesday it asked the Labor Ministry to help resolve "systemic and realistic" difficulties being encountered by businesses as they seek to implement the measure.

    It explained that businesses are confused by the vague guidelines the government has so far provided and find it difficult to put the measure into practice.

    The government has offered businesses a trial period of around 20 days, but the KEF says that is not enough.

    The KEF also asked the government to consider extending the parameters of flexible working hours and authorized extensions. At present, authorizations can be granted only in cases of natural disasters that make it vital for some industries to work longer.

    Flexible working hours authorize employees to work more than 52 hours a week if they usually work less. At present, they are then allowed to work extended hours every two weeks or every three months.

    "We need to extend the time frame of flexible working hours to deal with trial operations in the shipbuilding industry and delayed completion dates involving construction companies," the KEF said.

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