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Contracts (Groove)

This month in Groove we address what a contract is and come common misconceptions regarding contracts.  Thanks to Anita for her edits and Craig for the illustrations (check the link.)  Reprinted below:   What is a contract? No, really, what is it? It’s a commonly used word, sure: “You broke our contract” or “It’s in the contract” […]

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New Website Up!

After some revisions, the English firm website has been launched!  Check the services page and let us know if there is anything we can assist you with.

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Redevelopment (Groove)

Groove Magazine recently featured a discussion of the laws surrounding redevelopment in Korea, reprinted below: Housing to Dirt to Housing Again Story by: Darren Bean and Yuna Lee While Korea’s economic development has been stunning, it’s the ongoing redevelopment that currently brings awe. It’s difficult to turn a corner without seeing a concrete skeleton or a […]

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Collecting on Unpaid Debts

A few months ago, Groove started featuring Ask a Korean Lawyer.  Although the column mentions unfair dismissal, the collection process is generally similar for any judgment or debt. Receiving Compensation for Unfair Dismissal Andrew got fired from his hagwon for something he did not do. He wants to fight for unfair dismissal and is sure he can win. […]

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Determination of Employee Status and Contract Value

The last Korea Herald column just ran.  Not that I don’t want to keep writing, but the biweekly deadline got to be a bit much with other commitments.  If you have a problem or a topic request, feel free to email, and I may be in other publications on a more irregular basis in the […]

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Trademarks and Brand Protection

After a brief hiatus we have returned to the Korea Herald to explain trademark law for those of you who may be operating small businesses.  Trademark, brand protection What is a trademark? Simply put, it’s a mark used in trade. Something that helps the consumer identify what they are buying. Underlying the legal regime is the economic […]

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Radio (tbs eFM)

I will be appearing on tbs eFM’s1013 Mainstreet program next Tuesday, October 28 at 11:30.  Tune in!  

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Pro Bono Family Law Counseling

In previous posts I’ve mentioned some pro bono services but did not include the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, based in Yeouido.  They offer legal and non-legal counseling in various languages: http://www.lawhome.or.kr/law1/index.asp.  (Previous post with other resources here.)

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Termination, Cancer, and Disability

Question: My employer is not allowing a coworker to extend his contract because he has cancer. They told him this is the reason they don’t want him to work for them anymore. Is this illegal discrimination?Answer: The only act protecting against discrimination is one based on disability, so he would only qualify as protected under […]

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Fines for Illegal Work

Working beyond the scope of a visa costs as follows: Minimum fine:  1 million won Over 3 months:  Up to 5 million Over a year:  Up to 10 million 2 years:  15 million 3:  20 million (max) Deportation and prohibition on re-entry are also possible. The fines for arranging for such work start steeper but […]

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