At a meeting with Minister of Employment and Labor Ahn Gyeong-deok, Minister of Employment and Labor, Kyung-shik Son, Chairman of the Korea Federation of Trade Unions, he requested that the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents, which will come into effect in January next year, focus on prevention rather than punishment.
Chairman Son Kyung-sik said to Minister Ahn Gyeong-deok, who visited the Korea Police Department in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 29th, “The situation of small and medium-sized enterprises and small businesses is very difficult as the COVID-19 situation is prolonged and the phased recovery of daily life is delayed.”
Chairman Sohn conveyed concerns from the business community regarding the application of the Labor Standards Act to workplaces with fewer than five employees, the introduction of the labor director system, and the time-off system for public officials and teachers union. Chairman Sohn said, “The COVID-19 crisis is still ongoing, and economic conditions next year will not be smooth due to employment uncertainty and low inflation. “The time-off system is being deliberated at, and companies are very concerned,” he said.
Minister Ahn Kyung-duk emphasized the necessity of telecommuting to overcome COVID-19. Minister Ahn said, “To overcome the recent seriousness of COVID-19, social distancing through telecommuting is more necessary than ever.” Chairman Son emphasized, “Please pay attention to the advancement of labor laws and systems, including the expansion of flexible working systems, so that various work methods, including telecommuting, can be established and revitalized in the field.”
Minister Ahn Gyeong-deok said, “Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we were able to prevent mass unemployment thanks to the efforts of economic groups and member companies to maintain employment and the government’s employment stabilization measures. We will actively support job retention and job creation in