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South Korea: Labor Standards Law Amended to Limit Workweek

(May 18, 2018) On March 20, 2018, the President of South Korea promulgated an amendment to the country’s 1997 Labor Standards Act. The amendment had been passed by the National Assembly on February 27, 2018. (Labor Standards Act, Act No. 5309, Mar. 13, 1997, amended by Act No. 15513, Mar. 20, 2018 (in Korean).) The […]

South Korea: Efforts to Eradicate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Government Agencies

(May 3, 2018) On March 30, 2018, the South Korean Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yon, issued the Rules for Establishment and Operation of the Comprehensive Government Inspection Team for Promoting Eradication of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. (Prime Minister Ordinance No. 713, Mar. 30, 2018, Ministry of the Interior and Safety website (in Korean).) The Prime […]

South Korea: Coffee Banned in Schools

(Mar. 23, 2018) On March 13, 2018, an amendment to the Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Dietary Lifestyle was promulgated by the President of South Korea. (Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Dietary Lifestyle, Act No. 14263, May 29, 2016, National Law Information Center website (in Korean), amended by Act No. 15485, […]

South Korea: People Who Report Unleashed Dogs to Be Rewarded

(Mar. 23, 2018) Facing a significant rise in the number of dog-attack incidents in South Korea, the National Assembly recently amended the Animal Protection Act (Act No. 4379, May 31, 1991, Korean Legislation Research Institute [KLRI] website)—first in March 2017 (Act No. 14651, Mar. 21, 2017, in Korean, Ministry of the Interior and Safety [MOIS] […]

South Korea: Pilot Program Started for the Well-Dying Law

(Nov. 8, 2017) On October 23, 2017, a pilot program for the Hospice, Palliative Care, and Life-Sustaining Treatment Decision-Making Act, known as the “Well-Dying Law,” was implemented. (Act No. 14013 (Feb. 3, 2016), Korea Ministry of Government Legislation website (in Korean).)  The pilot program ends on January 15, 2018, and the Law will go into […]

South Korea: President May Be Impeached

(Dec. 2, 2016) An impeachment motion against South Korean President Park Geun-hye has now been delayed and it is not certain whether it will be brought against her in, and passed by, the National Assembly. (Yoon-seung Kang, Impeachment Motion Delayed as Oppositions Fail to Narrow Gap, YONHAP NEWS (Dec. 1, 2016); for background on the […]

South Korea: Scandal Raises Questions About the Future of the President

(Nov. 23, 2016) On November 20, 2016, South Korean prosecutors indicted Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of President Park Geun-hye, on charges of abuse of power, coercion, attempted coercion, and attempted fraud. The prosecutors also announced that Park is subject to investigation in the case as a co-conspirator. (Myo-ja Ser, Prosecutors Announce President Park Is […]

South Korea: Constitutional Court Rejects Petition on Corruption Law

(Sept. 14, 2016) The Act on the Prohibition of Unjust Solicitation and Giving and Receiving of Money, Goods, etc. (Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, Act No. 13278) was promulgated in South Korea on March 27, 2015. (Sayuri Umeda, South Korea: Controversial Anti-Corruption Law Promulgated, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Apr. 16, 2015).)  After the National Assembly passed […]

South Korea: Five-Year Mental Health Plan Aimed at Reducing Suicides Adopted

(Mar. 9, 2016) The Korean government adopted a five-year plan of comprehensive measures on mental illness, covering the years 2016-2021.  The plan promotes early detection of mental illness and obligates the government to reduce co-pays for mental health care.  The government also plans to develop a campaign to reduce prejudice against mentally ill people.  (Serving […]

South Korea: First Court Order to Return Children to Another Country Under the Hague Convention

(Feb. 23, 2016) On February 15, 2016, the Seoul Family Court ordered a Korean father to return his two children to his wife in Japan.  (Hyun-jeong Lee, Court Orders Korean Dad to Return Children to Separated Japanese Wife, KOREA HERALD (Feb. 15, 2016).)  It is the first case in Korea in which a court ordered […]