[WORLD] Korea is the most active country to reduce working hours for its people
D-Bo, Sept. 12, 2013, 9:20 a.m.
South Korea has the fastest declining working time in the OECD (Organization for Economic & Co-Development), which is the result of the government's proactive move to lower working hours at all levels to increase leisure and relaxation time, which introduced the mandatory forty-hour, five-day working week in 2004 for companies with over 1,000 employees. This expanded to companies with 300 employees or more in 2005, 100 employees or more in 2006, 50 or more in 2007, 20 or more in 2008 and a full inclusion to all workers nationwide in July 2011. The government has continuously increased public holidays to 16 days in 2013, more than the 10 days of the United States and doubles that of Britain's 8 days.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor said the plan is part of a proposal to lower the ceiling from the current 68 hours to 52 per week -- 40 regular hours during weekdays and another 12 as either overtime or at the weekend.