South Korea’s 40-hour workweek will take effect at small businesses in July 2011

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

SEOUL–The 40-hour workweek will be implemented at all workplaces with more than five workers from July, South Korea’s employment and labor ministry announced. Aimed at reducing the nation’s notoriously long working hours, the government has introduced the system in several phases, starting with larger companies in 2004.

With the latest revision taking effect at companies with five to 20 employees, the system is to be implemented at all workplaces here that are subject to the Labor Standard Law. The ministry expects an additional 2 million workers at 300,000 companies to benefit from next July.