Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in writing but not necessarily in Korean.
Not mandatory. However, common practice is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage is KRW 8,590 per hour.
Maximum working hours and overtime
A workweek is generally up to 40 hours per week and 8 hours a day. The maximum weekly working hours are 52.
- Maternity Leave: Employees are entitled to 3 months of maternity leave (or 4 months in the case of twins). At least 2 months (or 75 days in the case of twins) of the leave must be paid. The government pays for the remaining month (or 1.5 month in the case of twins). At least 1.5 months of leave (or 2 months in the case of twins) must be taken after the birth.
- Paternity Leave: Employees are entitled to 10 days of paid paternity leave. The requests must be made within 3 months of childbirth.
Employees are not entitled to sick leave associated to non-work related illnesses or injuries. However, some companies grant sick leave to their employees as a special benefit generally up to several months of unpaid leave and/or up to several weeks of paid leave if illness or injury requires it.