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Employment in South Korea

South Korean employment law appears complex and confusing when looking from outside view although in some ways there are many similarities to other countries. Other factors that complicate matters include the differences in rules depending on the type of business structure and number of employees.   For these and many other reasons the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in South Korea.

Key points on employment in South Korea

There are several key areas to be aware of within South Korea’s employment regulatory framework, especially for companies that plan to initiate a full local office and human resources department.  These challenges can be mitigated by use of a locally sourced payroll provider who is familiar with all of the local laws and rules for both local employees as well as foreign nationals.

  1. Contracts

    South Korea requires that employees have employment contracts that meet the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  http://www.moel.go.kr/english/poli/poliLaw.jsp?tab=6

Outsourcing Employment Through a GEO Employer of Record Service

Compliance with local employment requirements is just one of the issues foreign companies face when employing staff in South Korea. For companies which intend to employ their staff directly through their incorporated South Korea entity, professional legal advice is recommended. Shield GEO provides an alternative path for companies to outsource the employment of their staff in South Korea.

As a Global Employer Organization (GEO), Shield GEO acts as the Employer of Record and ensures the employment is compliant with host country regulations regarding employment. In addition Shield GEO will handle payroll processing, tax and immigration. Using Shield GEO is the fastest and most cost effective way to deploy local and foreign workers into South Korea.

The Shield GEO solution is an attractive alternative where:

– the company is looking to employ staff quickly

– the company doesn’t have an appropriately incorporated entity in South Korea

– the company wants to work within a defined budget

– the company wants to limit its initial commitment in South Korea

– the company needs help with tax, employment, immigration and payroll compliance in South Korea

Shield GEO can contract directly with the company to employ and payroll their staff in South Korea. Shield GEO supplies local employment contracts for the staff which ensure that local statutory requirements are met covering issues such as termination, probation periods, leave entitlements and statutory benefits.  Shield GEO is able to advise companies how to cover local employment regulations whilst still providing consistent global employment policies. Understand more about outsourced employment through Shield GEO.

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