New Re-Hiring Policy for Foreign Workers in South Korea
The South Korean government has issued new policy on re-hiring of Filipino workers after they’ve agreed on the petition of 2,345 Filipino workers and 633 Korean employers which will take effect on July 2, 2012.
According to the revised Act on Employment of Foreign Workers, a foreign worker can now return to South Korea within 3 months and can go back to his/her former employer without undergoing to Korean Language Test.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator chief Hans Cacdac said that the petition was filed to the Ministry of Labor of South Korea during the renewal of the memorandum of agreement on the Employment Permit System (EPS) between Philippines and South Korea.
Administrator Cacdac also cleared that the new policy is valid for foreign workers whose employment contract of 4 years and 10 months will expire after July 2, 2012.
Cacdac also added that EPS workers can only return to their jobs in South Korea if they meet the following: 1. a new contract prior to re-entry to South Korea. 2. No employment transfer during the employment period except for justifiable causes such as revocation of employment permit issued to an employer, or any violations of the required working conditions. 3. They sector they work for still continue to experience labor shortage.