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South Korean Cabinet Approves Substitute Public Holidays Decree

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Earlier today, the South Korean Cabinet approved a revised presidential decree extending the scope of substitute public holidays to compensate South Korean public holidays falling on a weekend.

The decree approved by the South Korean Cabinet, earlier today, implements the recent Transfer Holiday Expansion Law which declared a day in lieu public holiday on the first working days that follow any South Korean public holiday falling on a weekend (2021-06-29, 2021-06-06, 2021-06-23 and 2021-06-16), amplifying a Substitute Holiday Bill passed 8 years ago (2013-05-03).

This year's substitute public holidays legislation was implemented, slightly modified, in a decree issued by the South Korean Ministry of Personnel Management, last month (2021-07-16).

The Transfer Holiday Expansion Law was supposed to lead to 4 additional substitute public holidays in South Korea, before the end of the year; August 16 (National Liberation Day), October 4 (National Foundation Day), October 11 (Hangeul Day) and December 27 (Christmas).

However, the decree, issued by the South Korean Ministry of Personnel Management and approved today by the Cabinet, restricts the application of additional substitute public holidays to national holidays, and as per the Ministry of Personnel Management, "only four national holidays -- March 1st Independence Movement Day, Aug. 15 National Liberation Day, National Foundation Day (Oct. 3) and Hangeul Day (Oct. 9) -- will be newly given alternative holidays".

Recall that Saturdays are officially non-working days in South Korea since July 2005 (2005-06-21), and as per the initially-announced list of 2021 public holidays in South Korea (2020-06-15), 7 public holiday dates would have been lost in 2021, while, in 2022, 6 of the 15 annual South Korean public holidays will fall on a weekend.

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