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  • “Promotion of expedited entry of 420,000 foreign workers... Expanding the number of people allocated during this month”
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Choo Kyung-ho announced that the expedited entry of foreign workers will be promoted to solve the job shortage in industrial sites, and a separate quota for foreign workers will be established for the shipbuilding industry. This remark is a measure to ensure that the shortage of manpower at industrial sites does not become an obstacle to the economic recovery. At the emergency economy ministers meeting held at the government complex in Seoul on August 8, Deputy Prime Minister Choo said, “The recent quantitative employment indicators such as the number of employed people and the employment rate are generally showing good results, but some industrial sites are complaining of a job shortage.”  Deputy Prime Minister Choo said, “The number of empty jobs that companies want to hire but have not been filled is aggravating difficulties in the small and medium-sized manufacturing industry, with companies with less than 300 employees accounting for 224,000. Especially, in the shipbuilding industry, where earnings are improving, the shortage of production manpower is worsening from the second half of the year.”  He said, “The government will provide active support so that the shortage of manpower at industrial sites does not become an obstacle to the economic recovery. Measures will be taken so that 42,000 foreign workers who have not entered the country (the first half of 2020-2022) and 21,000 workers assigned to the second half of the year can enter Korea promptly.”  In addition, he expressed, "For industries with additional demand, we will further expand this year's quota in August and finalize next year's quota as early as possible during this year." Particularly, he said, “In response to the shortage of professional manpower in the shipbuilding industry, we will introduce up to 9,000 foreign skilled workers, such as welders and painters, from September right away. A separate quota for the shipbuilding industry will also be established for skilled workers (E-9 visa → E-7 visa), which currently has 2,000 people.” Hearing this, it is expected that the number of foreigners receiving E-7-4 visas will increase in the future. Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-08-09
  • Reform of the paid employment system frequently used by foreign residents is not far off
    In either case, they take too much of the workers' wages and violate the Labor Standards Act. The fee that employment agencies can receive from job seekers is 1% of their monthly salary for up to three months, and from job offerors (company) they can receive the fee for 10% for daily construction workers and 30% or less for others. This is an act of passing on the fee that the job offerors (company) has to pay to the job seeker. It's like exploitation of labor. If you work through a paid employment agency, the employment agency will give you a daily wage. After a day's work, the fee is deducted and cash is placed in an envelope or deposited into an account. However, an official from the Korean Ministry of Labor said, “The principle of wage payment in the Labor Standards Act is primarily aimed at preventing unpaid wages. If there is no unpaid wages, it is not appropriate to think that the principle of direct payment of wages has been violated.” ③ The practice of not signing a written contract Employment agencies can only be operated with permission, but the fact that there are a lot of 'unlicensed' employment agencies is also a cause of deviance. In a related survey in the Chungnam region in 2019, 84.7% of the employment agencies that posted job advertisements were found to be employment job agencies without a permit. Since there is a high probability that such unauthorized employment agencies will commit illegal acts such as excessive collection of referral fees, crackdown on them is also necessary. ⑤ System to recover the amount of damage Using these services and paying 10% of their wages is actually exploitation of the labor force, but many foreigners are not aware of this. Foreign residents also need to prepare for the possibility of major changes in related systems, such as using Papaya Story's employment information. Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-07-26
  • Introduce more foreign workers and support foreign start-ups
    In the presidential business report of the Ministry of Employment and Labor and the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, contents related to foreign residents emerged. The two ministries reported their main tasks to President Yoon Seok-yeol on July 15 and 12, separately. At the meeting, the Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that the new government would focus on ▲ labor market reform, ▲ reduction of serious industrial accidents, and ▲ active labor market policy reinforcement as key policy tasks of the new government. The Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that it will introduce 50,000 foreign workers waiting to enter the country more quickly and expand the allocation of new workers to 21,000 to solve the labor shortage. In addition, they announced that they would make more efforts to eradicate arrears in wages and prepare a roadmap for reducing major disasters in October to establish an autonomous prevention system. As Korea has suffered from the corona virus and has greatly intensified the labor shortage in industrial and rural areas, it is hoped that this measure will allow foreign workers to enter the country faster. In addition, as foreign workers, like Koreans, suffer accidents or die at industrial sites, it is necessary for the Korean government to take active measures to reduce serious accidents. The Ministry of SMEs and Startups also announced in the presidential business report that it will provide education, mentoring, childcare, and office space so that foreigners and international students can settle down after starting a business in Korea. This is to support foreign talents who have studied in Korea so that they can start large companies in Korea. This also means that reorganization of related systems, including entry-exit visas, should be carried out together. The above contents are only an overall framework, and concrete implementation plans have not yet been prepared. Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-07-20
  • A foreign worker who took his life after returning to his home country after failing to receive unpaid wages
    On July 15th, SBS reported through the 8 o'clock news that a Vietnamese man who was working in Korea, A, returned to his hometown two months ago and committed suicide. In July of last year, he said that he suffered from the hardships of his living because he had not received any wages for several months, who had been working hard at an apartment construction site in Ulsan. A, who worked to pay for living expenses for his wife at hometown and treatment for his lung disease, returned to Vietnam last May after pleading for 3 million won in overdue wages for nearly eight months. However, A made an extreme choice in June after suffering from hardships and chronic diseases. A total of 32 people were not paid at the site where A worked. The amount of unpaid wages is 17 million won. Of these, 29 are foreign workers. Most of them are illegal immigrants, so there is no employment contract with the employer and it is difficult to report to the Ministry of Labor. However, it is not a problem for illegal residents to report unpaid wages to the Ministry of Labor. In most cases, the Ministry of Labor does not notify the Immigration Office of foreign workers who complain of unpaid wages. What is more problematic is the inconsistency of the 'daily labor register' at the construction site. The construction site records the date and daily wage along with the personal information of the daily worker, but because of the status of illegal resident, the record of the foreign worker's work is not properly recorded in the daily labor register. The Ministry of Labor says that when a report on unpaid wages is received, it checks labor register first, and if there is no record of foreign workers working, the labor register is sent back noting to organize the labor register first. However, this does not mean that you will not be able to receive unpaid wages. Problems such as discrepancies in the records of the labor register can be helped by a labor attorney. Even illegal immigrants can file a complaint against their employer with the Labor Office. You can also use the ‘simple loan payment’ system. It is a system in which the national pays workers part of their unpaid wages in advance and claims the right to indemnity from the employer. You can apply on the website of the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service or by visiting in person. It takes about two months to receive unpaid wages through the simple loan payment system. Reporter Hasung Song https://news.sbs.co.kr/news  click
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    2022-07-19
  • Decided to set the minimum wage to 9,620 won in 2023... Both labor and management field are 'dissatisfied'
    The minimum wage for next year has been set at 9,620 won per hour. This is a 5.0% increase from 9,160 won this year. The Minimum Wage Committee held a meeting on the night of June 29 and decided to raise the minimum wage for next year to 9,620 won. Converted to a monthly salary, it is 2,010,580 won including the weekly holiday allowance. This is an increase of 96,140 won from 1,914,440 won this year. In terms of annual salary, it is 24,126,960 won. Bonuses and other allowances are excluded. Earlier, the labor and management field suggested 10,340 won and 9,260 won, separately, as their initial request. After three revisions, they proposed 10,080 won and 9,330 won, separately. However, the difference of opinions was not narrowed down, and the public interest committee members proposed a deliberation facilitation section and presented 9,620 won as a single proposal for the public interest committee, which was put to a vote. The Minimum Wage Committee is composed of 27 members, 9 members each, including members of workers, members of employers, and members of public interests. Both the labor and management field expressed dissatisfaction with this minimum wage decision. One of the members of workers said, "9620 won is a despair and an angry amount." One of the members of employers said, "Small businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) cannot raise the minimum wage any further as the economic situation became difficult after COVID-19." With this minimum wage increase, the salaries of foreign residents, who are guaranteed the same minimum wage as Koreans, will also rise.   Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-07-01
  • About 26,000 foreign workers will enter Korea by August
    The Ministry of Employment and Labor is promoting the expedited entry of foreign workers who have been delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. 26,000 foreign workers who have not been able to enter the country for the past two years are given priority to enter the country by August in order to solve the manpower shortage in industrial sites due to COVID-19. In addition, about 28,000 foreign workers who have been issued employment permits this year but have not yet entered Korea will be allowed to enter the country within this year. In addition, by the end of this year, a total of more than 73,000 people are expected to enter the country. To this end, the Ministry of Employment and Labor, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, decided to extend the validity period of the visa issuance certificate issued to business owners from the current six months to one year to simplify the procedure for reissuing the visa issuance certificate. In addition, in cooperation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of irregular flights will be increased, and from July, according to the promotion plan for the early normalization of international flights, aircraft will be operated according to demand. The Ministry of Employment and Labor is planning to hold a meeting with labor officials from the sending countries with a large number of waiting people so that foreign workers, whose entry is delayed due to local circumstances, can enter Korea quickly, and actively ask for cooperation. Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Jeong-sik said, "As the labor shortage for small and medium-sized enterprises and rural areas is serious, we will do our best to resolve obstacles at Korea and abroad so that foreign workers can enter Korea quickly." Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-06-16
  • The unreasonable foreign residents’ health insurance premium charge system needs to be improved!
    Gyeonggi-do Human Rights Support Center for Foreigners (Director, Oh Kyung-seok) held the 2nd Diversity Communication Coordination Committee (Chairperson Lee Jeong-ho) on June 9 and reconciled six cases of conflict between Koreans and foreign nationals caused by cultural differences and lack of communication. Particularly, in two cases that occurred due to the irrationality of the health insurance premium charge system, it urged the relevant institutions to improve the system. The problem of switching local health insurance applicants A Filipino immigrant worker who works for a manufacturing company in Siheung City left his job in October of last year. Since 2019, foreign nationals have also been subject to mandatory health insurance subscription, so A automatically converted to local health insurance applicant as soon as he/she left the company. The problem is that local health insurance premiums are higher than those of employers, so it is not easy for unemployed immigrant workers to continue to pay. As a result, cases in which a large number of immigrant workers, including A, are delinquent in paying their health insurance premiums continue to occur. If a foreigner fails to pay health insurance premiums, the extension of his/her status of stay is also restricted and there is a risk of losing his/her status of stay. Of course, the government and the National Health Insurance Corporation also recognize this problem and are implementing a system for voluntary continuous enrollment for job applicants so that job applicants can maintain their job status for a certain period of time even after they leave the company. This system is a system in which employees are required to pay only 50% of their health insurance premiums while maintaining their employment status for three years even if they leave the company. However, it is difficult to notify foreign workers because most of the mail goes to the dormitory of the company they quit. How many would the foreign workers quickly decide where to live and even change their address after leaving the company? Accordingly, the members attending the 2nd Diversity Communication Coordination Committee stated that it should be diversified with health insurance-related notices through text messages, SNS, and Kakao Talk as well as postal notices, and provide relevant information at employment support centers, which are frequently visited by immigrant workers looking for work. They agreed that institutional reform was necessary to achieve this. Long-term care insurance collection problem H, a Vietnamese national, and S, a Nepali national, are immigrant workers working at a manufacturing company in Ansan. They always include long-term care premiums for the elderly in their monthly health insurance premiums, which they recently found to be insurable only when they are over 65. Foreign workers entering Korea under the Employment Permit System (E-9) have a maximum stay of 9 years and 8 months, so foreign workers, mostly in their 20s and 30s, cannot benefit from this insurance from the beginning. Pastor Choi Kyung-sik (Global Mission Center), a witness who attended the Diversity Communication Coordination Committee on behalf of the two, said, “They have no choice but to leave the country before turning 65, but workers ask me why they have to pay insurance every month, and I have nothing to say. In the case of foreign workers, they should be excluded from the collection of long-term care insurance premiums for the elderly and should be voluntarily subscribed only if they wish.” Of course, if a foreign worker applies for exclusion from long-term care insurance through the company, the imposition stops immediately, but few companies know about it, and foreign workers have no way of knowing. Even if they know it somehow and apply for exclusion, they will not be reimbursed for the insurance premium they paid before. The members of the Diversity Communication Coordination Committee agreed on the need to improve the system, saying, “If it is difficult to change to voluntary membership, it should be able to receive a refund when they leave the country before the age of 65.” Kim Dae-kwon, team leader of the Gyeonggi-do Center for Foreigners' Human Rights, said, "Many of the conflicts that occur between Koreans and foreign residents are caused by a lack of understanding of cultural differences and lack of communication. In the future, we will try to mediate conflicts between Koreans and foreign residents and strengthen communication through the Diversity Communication Coordination Committee.”  Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-06-15
  • The Korea Coast Guard doing special crackdown on human rights violations such as foreign seafarers
    From June 7 to July 22, the Korea Coast Guard will conduct a special crackdown on human rights violations of the socially disadvantaged, such as women, children, and foreigners. The Korea Coast Guard plans to focus on cracking down on human rights violations targeting the socially disadvantaged, such as the disabled, foreign seafarers, and female seafarers at fish farms and salt farms in island areas that are in the human rights blind spot. The major crackdowns include violations of human rights by foreign seafarers at fish farms and salt farms in island areas, forcible sexual harassment of female crew members, assaults by senior seafarers on general seafarers, and assaults on the detention of the disabled. During this crackdown period, the Korea Coast Guard will conduct crackdowns in conjunction with the Korea Seafarers Employment Welfare Center and the disabled human rights groups. When investigating victims, etc., it plans to support the presence of a trusted person for psychological stability and smooth communication. In the case of major arrests, in June last year, the captain of a cargo ship was arrested on charges of forcibly harassing a female navigator who was on duty such as hugging her from behind by using the dark inside of the wheelhouse while voyage. In addition, the operator of a seafarer employment agency was arrested for extorting wages by forcing a seafarer who could not read to write labor contracts and forcibly aboard a fishing boat crew. An official from the Korea Coast Guard said, "We urge you to actively report any crimes related to human rights violations, such as assaults on foreign seafarers at fish farms, salt farms and fishing boats in the island area. If there are foreign sailors who are in various difficult situations, it would be a good idea to use this opportunity to report it to the Coast Guard." Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-06-13
  • Regarding the use of maternity and parental leave by pregnant female foreign workers
    I am a female foreign worker with an E-9 visa. I've been pregnant for about 4 months now. I wonder what kind of support a foreign worker can receive when they have a baby in Korea. I heard that there are maternity and parental leave systems, but does this apply to foreign workers as well? If you can apply, please let me know what documents I need to prepare. Maternity and parental leave also apply to foreigners. To use either system, you must apply to the company. Let us tell you about these two systems. 1. Maternity Leave Women who are currently pregnant are entitled to 90 days of leave before and after childbirth, and 120 days before and after childbirth in the case of multiple births. It does not matter when you start using the leave, but it should be used with at least 45 days (60 days or more in the case of multiple fetuses) after childbirth. The support for the first and second months of maternity leave is paid by the company on the pay day, and the pay for the last month (third month) is paid by the Ministry of Employment and Labor. When applying for maternity leave, you must contact the company for the required documents. You can apply for maternity leave support within one year by preparing the following documents to the Ministry of Employment and Labor for the third month of maternity leave. ▲ Application for maternity leave benefits ▲ One copy of confirmation of maternity leave ▲ Documents that can be verified if money or other valuables are paid by the employer during the vacation period ▲ A copy of documents confirming normal wages (employment contract, wages for 3 months before the start date of leave), etc.) 2. Parental Leave Parental leave refers to leave applied and used by pregnant female or male workers to raise children under the age of 8 or under the second grade of elementary school. However, if the employee has been working for less than 6 months, the employer may refuse to take parental leave. The period of parental leave is one year. For each child you can use it for one year, and if there are two children, it can be used for one year each for two years. If both parents are workers, both father and mother can use one year for one child, and both parents can use parental leave for the same child at the same time. The salary received during parental leave is 80% of the normal wage. In this case, the upper limit is 1.5 million won per month, and the lower limit is 700,000 won per month. However, 25% of the maternity leave pay is added up 6 months after returning to work and paid as a full. You can apply for parental leave benefits at the job center that has jurisdiction over your place of residence or business location. Required documents include: ▲Parental leave benefit application ▲A copy of confirmation of parental leave ▲A copy of proof of normal wages (wage book, labor contract, etc.), ▲ A copy of the document confirming receipt of money or valuables from the employer during the maternity leave period, etc. There is one thing you must know. Maternity leave is quite common in Korea, so it is not difficult for Koreans to take maternity leave. However, due to the nature of companies that employ foreign workers through the Employment Permit System, there is a high possibility that employers will not welcome maternity leave for foreigners. In this case, conflict is expected. If your employer refuses to take maternity leave, you can file a complaint with the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Parental leave is more difficult. It is not easy for Koreans to take parental leave in small businesses, except for public institutions and medium to large enterprises. If the employer refuses to take parental leave, similarly, a complaint can be made to the Ministry of Employment and Labor. When a complaint is received, the Ministry of Employment and Labor will investigate it. If the Ministry of Employment and Labor's investigation confirms refusal of maternity or parental leave, the employer will be subject to a fine of 5 million won. Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ English 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-06-08
  • Workers at risk of forced deportation because they did not apply for an extension of their employment permit
    The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, a South Korean government agency, has recently decided that it is necessary to extend the period of employment for foreign workers residing in Korea, who are at risk of forced deportation, in order to solve the labor shortage at worksites in a situation where it is difficult to introduce foreign workers due to the spread of COVID-19. Person A is a foreign worker of Nepali nationality and entered Korea in February 2017 through the employment permit system. Person A worked diligently and legally at a workplace in Jeollanam-do for 5 years until February 2022, when the employment period expires. In the meantime, a policy was implemented to automatically extend the employment period of foreign workers residing in Korea without a separate application to resolve the manpower shortage caused by the spread of COVID-19. As a result, A’s employment period was automatically extended by one year until February 2023. If a Korean employer continues to hire a foreign worker who has received an extension of the employment period, he/she must apply for an extension of the employment permit period to the head of a job security agency. However, the employer, who did not receive detailed information about this, did not apply for an extension of the employment permit period for A, whose employment period was extended. As a result, A was in danger of being forced to leave the country as the existing employment permit period and employment period expired. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission comprehensively considered that ▲the extension of the employment period for foreign workers is a policy goal to help solve the manpower shortage in front-line worksites ▲the fact that detailed information regarding the extension of employment permits, etc. was not provided, so that the application could not be made within the period ▲While it is difficult to see that extending the employment permit of A would greatly damage the public interest, it is expected to be of great help in resolving the manpower shortage in the workplace, etc. Accordingly, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission expressed its opinion to the relevant agencies to extend the employment permit for Mr. A. Although the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission's opinion is not necessarily followed by the relevant agencies, it is known that the extension of A's employment period is highly likely to be accepted as the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission has sufficiently consulted with the relevant agencies in advance regarding A's case. . Lim Gyu-hong, deputy director general for complaints deliberation officer of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, said, “We will make an active effort to resolve grievances of foreign workers residing in Korea through employment permits and grievances at Korean workplaces that are suffering from a manpower shortage.” Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-05-19
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