President Moon has pledged to reduce Korea's currently infamously excessive working hours. His main proposals are:
- Obligating companies to record employees' office time.
- Requiring strict adherence to a 52-hour limit on maximum weekly working hours
- Reducing the scope of industry-based overtime exemptions.
- Extending the substitute holiday system to private companies. Under the substitute holiday system--which is currently mandatory only for civil servants and employees of government enterprises--if certain national holidays fall on a weekend, the following working day becomes a holiday.
- Allowing flexible working hours for parents with a child who is 8 years old or younger, or at or below the second grade in elementary school, whereby working hours can be reduced from the regular 8 hours to 6 hours per day, without any pay cut, for up to 24 months.
In a wage-claim lawsuit involving unpaid overtime pay, the burden of proof lies with the claimant, the employee. If companies are legally obligated to keep and record employees' office hours, it will become much easier for employees to prove their actual working hours, and it may de facto shift the burden of proof to the company. Related disputes and lawsuits are likely to increase.
Whether hours of work done during weekly days off (generally Saturdays and Sundays) are included in "weekly" working hours for purposes of calculating overtime pay is currently a major controversy, with cases pending before the Supreme Court that should decide the issue.