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Companies in South Korea paying fines instead of hiring disabled

Staff writer ▼ | October 23, 2013
South Korean companies opted to pay 6.6 billion won in fines rather than meeting their obligatory employment quota for the disabled over the past three years, a lawmaker said, citing government data.
South KoreaSouth Korean companies opted to pay 6.6 billion won in fines rather than meeting their obligatory employment quota for the disabled over the past three years, a lawmaker said, citing government data.


Eun Su-mi of the main opposition Democratic Party said 23 companies with more than 300 employees hired only six disabled persons against their aggregate quota of 283 as of last December. The Ministry of Employment and Labor submitted the data to the lawmaker as part of a National Assembly audit of the ministry.

Among the list, apparel giants such as Prada Korea, Zara Retail Korea and Giordano and domestic multiplex chain Megabox did not hire any person with disabilities. Private companies are obliged by the government to fill at least 2.5 percent of their payroll with the disabled. The quota is 3 percent for state, municipal and public entities,reports The Korea Times.

As of last December, the ratio of employment of the disabled stood at 2.35 percent in the private sector. For companies which meet the quota, the government provides incentives and imposes "disabled employment share" on those who fail to comply.

Seoul National University Hospital and Samsung Electronics were among the employers that recorded the lowest ratio of disabled employees.


 

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