This news article says that the EPS, which is currently effective for three years, will be extended to five years. Laborers under the current EPS system renew their visa every year for up to three years. With this new rule, they could stay in Korea for up to five years with their visas. I couldn’t agree more with the extension. I think it would benefit the workers and the employers as well. Working in Korea is not easy. For some, workdays consist of sleep, work, eat, work, eat, work and drink. Some are not paid for overtime (work). The concept of overtime is lost here. Working hours are usually from 9AM to 7PM but most employees wouldn’t leave the office unless the boss leaves first.
The government will extend the working period of foreigners in Korea by two years to five years beginning this year as part of efforts to improve their job security and provide better working environment for foreigners.
Under the Employment Permit System for Foreigners, they are only allowed to work in the five industries ― manufacturing, construction, farming, fishing and service ― for up to three years.
Currently, foreign workers must report abuse and unfair treatment by their Korean employers to the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Justice. However, beginning this year, the Employment Support Center under the labor ministry will handle such cases.
It’s a good thing that the government is doing more to help better protect the laborers. (Including those working for plumbing fixtures 😉 )No system is perfect but such steps give hope. Kwim?