Sep. 30, 2019(Mon)
□ The Ministry of Employment and Labor (Minister Mr. Lee Jae-gap) has announced that from October 1st (Tue.), workers will be able to take up to ten days of paid paternity leave, an increase from the current three days, and reduce their working hours for childcare for a maximum of two years.
○ These institutional improvements were made in accordance with the amendments to the Act on Equal Employment and Support for Work-Family reconciliation and the Employment Insurance Act passed by the National Assembly on August 2nd.
<Extended paternity leave and introduction of paternity leave benefit >
□ Currently, workers are entitled to 3~5 days of paternity leave, of which the first three days are paid. From October 1st, however, they can take up to 10 days of paid paternity leave.
○ The period for requesting paternity leave will also be extended to 90 days from the child's birth: currently, a worker must request paternity leave within 30 days of the birth. And in light of the increased leave period, workers will be allowed to split their paternity leave into up to two blocks and take it on two separate occasions.
□ Meanwhile, paternity leave benefit will be introduced to ease the increased financial burden on SMEs caused by the extension of paid paternity leave. Under this benefit scheme, the government will provide financial support amounting to five days' pay for workers at preferentially supported enterprises.
□ The extended paternity leave and the paternity leave benefit scheme will apply to workers who will take paternity leave for the first time after October 1st.
<Extended period of reduced working hours for childcare>
□ Currently, employees whose children are younger than eight or below second grade of elementary school, are entitled to apply for a maximum one year including both parental leave and reduced working hours for childcare.
○ However, from October 1st, apart from one year of parental leave, another one year of reduced working hours for childcare will be guaranteed, and any unused period of parental leave can be used as an additional period of reduced working hours for childcare.
○ If a worker only chooses to reduce their working hours for childcare, he/she will be entitled to up to two years of reduced working hours. Workers will also be allowed to split their period of reduced working hours into any number of at least 3-month blocks and use it on separate occasions.
□ The extended period of reduced working hours for childcare will apply to workers who will reduce their working hours for childcare after October 1st (including those who will use it in separate blocks after that date). However, it will not apply to workers who have used up their existing entitlement (one year) before September 30th.