|KOTRA’s Labor Management Task force representative investigated the matter. The 40-hour work week is the established standard for full-time regular employees. A regular employee is defined as the average laborer employed directly by a company.
Labor law standards make no separate provisions for temporary, day or commercial employees. The only condition that applies is whether the employee is directly hired by the company.
Therefore, according to this definition, 40-work week provisions would not apply to subcontracted labor or dispatched labor. However, this decision is not based on specific provisions of the Labor Standards Act, but Ministry of Labor authority interpretation.
Korean Reference Page: No.9 Date: 2007/10/23