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Korea sees rise in paternal leave, but still has long way to go
A growing number of fathers here are taking parental leave, with more than one in five of the parents taking childcare leave being male, as more are seeing parenting as a job done by mothers and fathers together. According to recent data from Statistics Korea, 169,345 workers went on parental leave last year. It was a 3.7 percent rise from 2019 and a 2.3-fold increase compare...
Umbrella union opposes ex-FM's bid for ILO leadership
One of the nation's two largest umbrella labor unions has voiced its disapproval of a former Korean foreign minister who is running for the top post of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The stance of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is expected to sway the prospects of Kang Kyung-wha in the election slated for March 25 of next year.
Unvaccinated people getting desperate under toughened distancing rules at restaurants
Conflicts have been taking place at cafes and restaurants, after the government introduced new quarantine guidelines last Saturday. Under the new rules, people unvaccinated against COVID-19 are banned from using the establishments unless they are alone, but some eatery owners are not accepting such people even when they are alone.
1.3 million small business owners mull protest against strengthened antivirus rules
Self-employed people and small business owners are protesting the government's renewed strengthening of anti-coronavirus social distancing rules. Bracing for a steep decline in earnings during the peak year-end season, they say they have already suffered enough from such measures which they claim have forced them to make sacrifices without adequate compensation.
Notorious child rapist attacked at home
Notorious child rapist Cho Doo-soon, 69, was attacked at his home by a vigilante, police said, Friday. The injury was not serious. According to police, the assailant in his 20s allegedly tried to enter Cho's home in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, at around 8:50 p.m., Thursday, pretending to be a police officer and asking him to open the door.
Employees with multicultural backgrounds suffer from poor working conditions: survey
A large proportion of young adults and children with multicultural backgrounds and work experience here have suffered from unfair treatment, such as salaries that are lower than minimum wage and verbal abuse from employers, a survey showed Thursday.
Seoul City uses AI tech to prevent suicide attempts on Han River bridges
Korea bears the disgrace of having one of the world's highest suicide rates, topping the ranking among OECD member nations with 23.5 out of 100,000 people killing themselves in 2020. The central and local governments have taken various suicide prevention measures, and the Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Headquarters has recently come up with a system using artificial int...
Korea set to strengthen quarantine measures this week
The government is expected to introduce tougher social distancing rules in the coming days in a desperate bid to curb the unrelenting spread of COVID-19 amid a surge in the number of coronavirus deaths and critically ill patients. Park Soo-hyun, senior presidential secretary for public communication, said in a radio interview Tuesday that a range of options had already been p...
13 shops added to Seoul's 'Historical Stores' list
Seoul is a city that changes rapidly. Low-rise buildings and old facilities are demolished in the name of urban development, skyscrapers have sprouted everywhere and old alleys are replaced with straightened roads.
Health experts call for toughest social distancing measures yet
Epidemiologists are calling on the government to implement its toughest-yet social distancing measures, as the current COVID-19 situation is growing beyond the nation's medical capacity. They say it is going to be difficult to turn around the current virus situation and control the soaring number of daily infections, which has hovered around 7,000 new cases daily over the las...
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