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Weekly Legislative Report (For the week of Dec 27, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021)

Weekly Legislative Report for the week of  Dec 27, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021
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, meetings of Standing Committees, and Subcommittee. 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 to the service, DR & AJU has also been issuing the Weekly Legislative Report covering various legal issues at the center of public debate along with editorials and columns on the Serious Accidents Punishment Act (“SAPA”) from major dailies. 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act
This Amendment obligates employers to take necessary measures to prevent industrial accidents that may occur when working in confined spaces at risk of suffocation, toxic gas inhalation, fire, or explosion.

② Framework Act on Just Employment Transition

This Bill allows employees, self-employed workers, and vulnerable social groups to participate in the decision-making process for responding to the climate crisis.

2. Pending Bill(s)

③ Partial Amendment to the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act
This Amendment was designed to abolish the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s exclusive right of complaint.
3. Promulgated Bill(s)

④ Traffic, Energy and Environment Tax Act

This Bill establishes basis regulations for delegation to stipulate standards for imposing administrative fines on violations of illegal distribution of tax-free oil and the government's securing tax payment by Presidential Decree.

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

⑤ Partial Amendment to the Enforcement Decree of the Act on Fire Prevention and Installation, Maintenance, and Safety Control of Firefighting Systems

This Amendment extends the scope of "specific objects of fire service", which are obligated to install firefighting systems, to include tenement houses and multi-household houses. The Amendment also mandates the installation of simple sprinkler systems and automatic fire detection systems in such houses.

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

[The Dong-A Ilbo] Ill-Prepared SAPA Enforcement Will Put Innocent CEOs Behind Bars
[The Hankook Ilbo] SAPA Enforcement One Month Away: Business Community Must Seek Measures to Reinforce Safety Rather than Avoid Responsibility
[The Financial News] Calls for Revision Grow Louder with SAPA Enforcement Just Around the Corner

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