By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Seoul

The Philippine Embassy wishes to share with the Filipino community in Korea the attached Notice from the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) dated 22 September 2020 on the Amendment of legislation to the Act on Employment of Foreign Workers.

The partial amendments apply to Sincere (special-re-entry) workers and are as follows:

a) Re-entry restriction is shortened from three (3) to one (1) month. This is in order to reduce the "business gap" caused by 3-months re-entry requirements.

b) Re-entry will be allowed even for those who changed workplaces, provided the change is within the same industry. The worker's proficiency will be rated based on the number of years of service in the same industry, Korea language ability, and training completion scores.

c) For those who changed workplace, the period of labor contract at the workplace must be at least one year left for re-entry, except when certain condition of a vocational stabilization agency is met.

According to the MOEL, the improvement in the special re-entry system aims to help both employers and foreign workers. The amendment of the law shall take effect after six (6) months of issuance.

Please refer to the MOEL Notice for details and further explanation. END

25 September 2020