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South Korean Substitute Public Holidays Bill Forced Through Committee

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 12, 2022

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea has unilaterally passed through the parliamentary public administration committee, the Transfer Holiday Expansion Law which had been blocked there for the past week.

Earlier this month (2021-06-06), the South Korean National Assembly was 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.

But, last week (2021-06-16), despite initial bipartisan support from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea and the opposition People Power Party, consideration of the Transfer Holiday Expansion Law was stalled in the Public Administration and Security Committee of the South Korean National Assembly.

Today's forcing of the bill seems due to the stated initial aim is to have the billed passed before the upcoming Liberation Day public holiday on August 15, which falls on a Sunday in 2021.

However, for the moment, the bill which passed through committee only covers Lunar New Year, Chuseok and Children's Day, albeit for both Saturday and Sunday occurrences. Recall that Saturdays are officially non-working days since July 2005 (2005-06-21).

A "Substitute Holiday Bill" was passed 8 years ago (2013-05-03), declaring a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow the Seollal or Chuseok multi-day public holidays contain a Sunday, and the Children's Day public holiday falling 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).

The bill that was forced through the parliamentary public administration committee today would keep this restriction, which is one of the reasons why the opposition People Power Party voted against it, arguing that "excluding such businesses goes against the objective of the alternative holiday system".

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