Legislation & Government Relations Consulting Center 2023-01-18
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Weekly Legislative Report (For the week of January 9, 2023 – January 13, 2023)

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.

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1. Proposed Bill(s)

① Partial Amendment to the Special Act on Balanced National Development

This Amendment establishes grounds for supportive measures for companies relocating from the Seoul metropolitan area to provincial areas, such as fostering industrial complexes exclusive for relocating companies, supporting the move of employees by providing housing or mortgage loans, and improving the settlement environment for employees by establishing state-owned and public kindergartens.

② Partial Amendment to the Clean Air Conservation Act

This Amendment imposes penalty surcharges on motor vehicle manufacturers who perpetrate fraud or improper activities during the performance assessment or manufacture motor vehicles differently from the details thereof.

2. Pending Bill(s)

③ Partial Amendment to the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act

This Amendment prohibits claims for damage against workers or trade unions for collective bargaining and industrial actions of trade unions unless it is direct damage caused by acts of violence or destruction. This Amendment also expands the Act’s scope of application to include subcontractors, workers in special employment types, freelancers, platform workers, etc.

3. Promulgated Bill(s)

④ Act on the Safety Control of Hazardous Substances

This Act imposes administrative fines not exceeding KRW 5 million on persons related to facilities for hazardous substances who fail to observe preventive regulations.

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

⑤ Partial Amendment to the Insurance Business Act

This Amendment establishes grounds for the imposition of administrative fines on activities by insurance company subsidiaries that add or change their business or violations of prohibited conducts by certified damage adjusters such as false reporting, insolvency, or delayed damage adjustment.

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

[The Chosun Ilbo] Achieving the Record of “Zero Case of Serious Accidents,” POSCO E&C Provides KRW 200 Million to Their Employees
[Maeil Business News] The Government Implements “Serious Accident Safety Supervision” From February
[The Herald Business] The MOEL Announces its Plan to Introduce a “Trade Union Accounting Disclosure System”
[MAEIL Shinmun] One Year After the SAPA Enforcement, Confusion Still Persists

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