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Legislative Strategy Center 2022-06-16
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Weekly Legislative Report (For the week of June 6, 2022 – June 10, 2022)

Weekly Legislative Report for the week of  ㅡJune 6, 2022 – June 10, 2022


As the first-ever Korean law firm to issue specialized legislative journals, DR & AJU LLC has been publishing the monthly Policy & Business (P&B) Report since August 2019. The P&B Report provides analyses of plenary sessions of the National Assembly, as well as standing committee and subcommittee meetings. In addition, the firm has been co-hosting the Future Leaders Forum with the Herald Business, inviting chairpersons of standing committees to discuss relevant legislative issues and tasks.

As an extension of this service, DR & AJU has also been issuing the Weekly Legislative Report, which covers various legal issues at the center of public debate along with editorials and columns on the Serious Accidents Punishment Act (“SAPA”) from major daily news outlets. The report will be released with an update on newly proposed or pending bills. Enclosed is this week’s legislative report, and please refer to the P&B Report for further details.

If you wish to subscribe to the P&B Report or have any other queries, please contact us at pr@draju.com.


1. Proposed Bill(s)
  
① Partial Amendment to the Act on the Safety and Maintenance of Educational Facilities

This Amendment applies strengthened installation standards to fire-fighting facilities prescribed by the Presidential Decree, such as sprinklers, and mandates the observance of seismicresistant design standards under the “Act on Fire Prevention and Installation, Maintenance, and Safety Control of Firefighting Systems” when educational facilities, such as special-education schools, dormitories, boarding houses, etc., are constructed.

② Partial Amendment to the Equal Employment Opportunity and Workfamily Balance Assistance Act

This Amendment extends the period of paternity leave from 10 days to 20 days and the period of childcare leave from one year to within three years for workers with children aged under nine or in grades two and below in elementary school.


2. Pending Bill(s)

③ Fair Online Platform Intermediary Transactions Act

This Bill stipulates the obligation to deliver online platform intermediary contracts, standards of unfair trade practices by online platform intermediaries, dispute resolution systems between business operators, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (“KFTC”)’s investigation and processing of violations, and online platform intermediaries’ liability for damages incurred by the violations.


3. Promulgated Bill(s)Promulgated Bill(s)

④ Enforcement Rule of the High-pressure Gas Safety Control Act

This Bill mandates the conduction of safety impact assessments to reflect risk evaluation results regarding location conditions, such as population density of nearby areas, when establishing hydrogen fueling stations.


4. Bill(s) Undergoing Pre-Announcement of Legislation/Administration

⑤ Partial Amendment to the Public Notice of Detailed Standards for Construction Orders

This Bill allows the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to restrict the participation of general construction businesses in specialty construction projects with costs estimated to be KRW 200 million or more and less than KRW 350 million by next year.


5. Serious Accidents Punishment Act ("SAPA") Related Editorials and Columns from Major Dailies

[The Hankyoreh] Managers Given the Freedom to “Manage Serious Accidents”
[Sedaily] Companies Consider Downsizing After SAPA Enforcement
[Yonhap News] Minister of Employment and Labor Calls for a Visible Reduction of Workplace Fatalities Before the Amendment of SAPA
[Maeil Business News Korea] Investigations Begin on the Controversial SAPA for Requesting an Indictment Draft from a Former Chief Prosecutor


*For more details, please download the PDF file attached.