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South Korean Public Holidays Changes Postponed

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: August 28, 2014


The "Substitute Holiday Bill" introduced by the Park Geun-Hye administration of South Korea, and which would automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday, did not pass, though it had been expected to, a vote in Commission, and its consideration has been postponed until September 2013.

The week before last (2013-04-20), South Korean media had reported that the "Substitute Holiday Bill" was expected to be passed in the National Assembly before the end of the April, but despite demands by the main opposition Democratic United Party that the bill be passed during the last meeting of the parliamentary home affairs committee, the National Assembly's Security and Public Administration Committee has tentatively agreed to resume discussion of the bill only in September.

There are reports that the South Korean government now wants to introduce the system in a phased-in manner, beginning with the public sector.

The topic of "substitute" or "day in lieu" public holidays is a recurring topic in the South Korean news. Most recently, 2 years ago (2011-06-20), the South Korean government had announced that it was examining a stimulus plan which would encourage a "substitute public holiday system" giving the next day off when public holidays overlap or fall on a Sunday.

Two years before that (2009-07-10), then South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance had announced that, together with the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, it would consider implementing compensating day in lieu public holidays when a public holiday falls on a weekend.

The year before that (2008-12-09), fifteen lawmakers from South Korea's then governing Grand National Party (GNP) had signed up for a bill which would make the Monday following a Sunday public holiday also a public holiday.

None of the bills proposed to date would give a day in lieu for public holidays that fall on a Saturday, even though Saturdays are officially non-working days since July 2005 (2005-06-21).



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