South Korea Mulls Substitute Public Holidays Extension
Source:Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 12, 2022
The South Korean National Assembly, with bipartisan support from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea and the opposition People Power Party, is accelerating the pace in considering a bill which would expand the current substitute holiday system, so that substitute public holidays are declared when more of the annual South Korean public holidays fall on a Sunday or a weekend.
The aim is to have the billed passed before the upcoming Liberation Day public holiday on August 15, which falls on a Sunday in 2021. Three other public holidays will also fall on a weekend, for the remainder of 2021 (2020-06-15).
2022 will also see 6 of the 15 annual South Korean public holidays falling on a weekend.
The "Substitute Holiday Bill", passed 8 years ago (2013-05-03), automatically declares a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow some annual non-working public holidays falling on a Sunday, even though Saturdays are also officially non-working days since July 2005 (2005-06-21).
A substitute public holiday is automatically declared whenever either the Seollal or Chuseok multi-day public holidays contain a Sunday, and a substitute public holiday is also automatically declared whenever the Children's Day public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
From 2015 to 2019, these changes were limited to the South Korean public sector, but have since been phased-in to companies with a lower number of employees (300 employees for 2020, 30 employees for 2021, and businesses with 5 or more employees, beginning in 2022).
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