Valid and Enforceable Contracts in Korea: Korean Contract Law Basics

In Korea, contracts are agreements that are legally binding and enforceable under the law. They can be created for a wide range of purposes, such as employment, real estate, intellectual property, and commercial transactions. A contract, in Korea, is an agreement between two or more parties to create, modify, or terminate obligations that are legally enforceable. To constitute a legally enforceable contract in Korea, there must be: It is important to highlight that certain contracts in Korea require specific formalities

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Dual-Class Shareholdings in Korea: Korean Corporate Law Updates

Prior to the recent amendment to the Special Measures for the Promotion of Venture Businesses Act, Korea was an outlier in the developed world with regard to Dual-Class Shareholdings. Most developed economies allow Dual- Class Shares for IPOs and for unlisted countries. Korea prohibited Dual-Class Shareholding for both listed and unlisted companies. Korean Commercial Code Art. 369(1) The Korean Commercial Code mandates that a shareholder may, only, receive one vote for each share. This so called “One-Share One-Vote Principle” was

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Amendment to Korea’s Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Law

Effective July 1, 2023, the scope of application of the Korean Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Law was extended to include, also, the protection of those employees in Korea who are not “exclusively” working for a specific employer in Korea. Prior to the amendment, some employees who worked for multiple employees were not covered by the insurance. To extend the insurance benefit for these employees, the law has eliminated the exclusiveness requirement. The law’s amendment was a reflection on online “platform

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Occupational Safety in Korea: Serious Accidents Punishment Act

The Serious Accident Punishment Act (“SAPA”) was passed by the Korean National Assembly and came into effect on January 27, 2022. With the implementation and recent expansion of the SAPA, we encourage all employers to do a comprehensive compliance audit. Some law firms, including this one, have attorneys and staff that can assist your team in doing a comprehensive audit. SAPA has greatly expanded the list of accidents that are applicable and significantly increased the penalties for breaking the law.

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Korean National Pension Contributions and Tax Deductions for Freelancers and Expats Residing in Korea

Can freelance workers apply for Korean National Pension Deductions when Calculating their income tax? Yes, freelance workers in Korea can apply for Korean National Pension deductions when calculating their income tax. The National Pension System of Korea is designed to provide retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to eligible individuals, including freelancers. Thus, the system applies notwithstanding if you are self-employed or employed by a company directly in Korea. When filing Korean income tax returns, freelance workers can include their Korean

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Korean Free Trade Agreements: Korean FTA Chart

Free Trade Agreements Executed by the Republic of Korea (“South Korea” or “Korea”) South Korea currently maintains 21 comprehensive free trade agreements with a combined total of 59 countries. The chart below provides information on the countries with which these Korean FTAs are in force, the key dates of the free trade negotiation processes, and the significance of these agreements. The following chart is accurate as of December 1, 2022. References of the chart can be found at the following

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Definition of a Franchise in Korea under Korean Franchise Law and Corresponding Disclosure Requirements

A franchise, in general, in the Republic of Korea (“Korea”) is a continuous business relationship under which a Franchisor allows a franchisee to use its business marks (trademarks, service marks) to sell goods or services in accordance with certain quality standards, business methods, training and control requirements in exchange for the payment of a franchise fee (Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act (“Franchise Act”). The Korean Fair Trade Commission and the Courts of Korea have broadly interpreted the definition to the

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Korean Flat-Tax Rate for Foreign Workers in Korea

The Special Tax Treatment Control Law of Korea extended the benefit of the Flat Tax to 20 years from the present five years. The flat tax rate with the local income tax is 20.9%. of the foreign employee’s earned income. Additionally, the National Tax Services of Korea and the Ministry of Economy & Finance of Korea agreed to deem the starting date for employment to be January 1, 2014, even if the foreigner worked in Korea prior to 2014. Thus,

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Without a Korean Employment Contract, can you bring a Claim against your Korean Employer for Breach of Contract or Labor Law Violations?

In Korea, an employment relationship is generally established through an employment contract between the employer and the employee. However, it’s important to note that an employment agreement can be either written or verbal. While a written contract is highly recommended to clearly define the rights and obligations of both the employer and the employee (and is mandated under Korean Law in most situations), a verbal agreement can also create a legally binding employment relationship between an employer and employee in

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Trademarks Registration in Korea: Don’t Just Trust Us

Our friends over at the China Law Blog have posted on an intellectual property issue that leads to a good deal of work for the IP Litigation Practice at the Korean office of IPG Legal. If you don’t want the added cost of litigating a matter in a Korean court, please register your trademark in Korea. Registering in the U.S. and the E.U. is not enough. Your “international filing” only gives you a grace period to file in other nations

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