This seminar will provide an overview of the labour laws and HR practices in Korea including labour contracts and dismissal


As the fifteenth largest economy in the world and fourth in Asia, and one of the only two Asian members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which represents 34 of the most developed nations, Korea is one of the linchpins of economic stability in the region.

Korea has undergone many demographic, social, economic and political changes that have a direct impact on its business environment, all of which affects the livelihood of its citizens. Therefore, it is timely to look at how employment and the labour markets are governed.

At the end of this one day program, participants will be able to state the pertinent and critical laws governing Korean employment, as well as be presented with an overview of the country’s historical, cultural, social and legal environment.

Course Details: 


• To present an overview of the country's historical, cultural, social and legal contexts within which social contracts, which include employment contracts, operate.

• To highlight the pertinent and critical legislations governing the world of employment in the country.

• The changing labour landscape with the changing political environment.

• The power of the large Chaebols operating in S Korea.



I. Legal framework.

II. Historical basis.

III. Evolution of labour standards.

IV. Culture

• Some unique features
• Influence on social contracts

V. Some key indicators.

VI. The labour market and some statistics.

VII. Key economic indicators.

VIII. Labour Laws - some pertinent issues and legislations such as:

• Labour contract
• Insurances
• Dismissal and legal requirements
• Overtime work
• Regular versus non-regular employment
• Discrimination and redress
• Penalties for violations
• Mandatory changes in workweek
• Mandatory payslip requirement
• Legal update on use of payment account for severance payment
• Changes in retirement pension, Paternity leave, Minimum wages

IX. Case studies of controversy.

X. Brief overview of Industrial Relations

• Brief history of labour movement
• Governing legislation
• Some pertinent statistics

Who should attend

• HR Managers

• Executives

• Officers

• Anyone who deals with or will be handling HR/employment matters in Korea


Adrian Wong has more than 25 years of experience as a Senior Regional HR Professional with many years of experience in diverse industries especially manufacturing, food and beverage, FMCG, Supply Chain, freight and logistics, consultancy and Information, education, financial ratings and research sectors.

Adrian has worked as the Corporate HR Director, Asia Pacific for McGraw Hill Companies, Vice-President HR for EGL Asia Pacific Holdings Company Pte Ltd, Vice-President HR International Division for Japfa International Pte Ltd, Regional HR and Quality Director, Exel Way & QSHE Director for MSAS/Exel/DHL, Personnel Manager for Motorola Electronics and General Motors.

He covers more than 12 countries in Asia Pacific from India to Japan, China and down south to New Zealand. He led HR teams in different countries reporting to him and covered the full spectrum of HR activities: talent acquisition, total rewards, training and development including change management, HR Operations and benefits for the region. His experience covers a number of Mergers and Acquisitions, takeovers, HR workforce restructuring, corporate social responsibility, HR Outsourcing, Employee communications, Industrial and Union negotiation, etc. His training experience includes Corporate Internal Trainer for Management Leadership Programs, leadership programs for First Line managers, Business Development programs, leadership transition programs.

While he was with the Supply Chain Industry, he has responsibility over Quality, Safety and Environment covering Asia pacific countries and directs ISO Quality certification programs, 1800 safety management and 1400 Environment programs for the group. He also developed the leadership management program jointly with NUS Business Management School for young leaders and covered the Exel Way launch for Asia.

Adrian is a certified DISC and DDI facilitator and was also a part time lecturer for an Australian University for its Bachelor and Masters programs (International Human Resource Management Modules) and a local Institute for its Human Resource Management, Training & Development and Strategic Management programs.

Adrian possesses a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Arts in Human Development. He also possesses Diplomas in Management Consultancy, Marketing, Industrial Management, Human Resource, Quality and Production Engineering.

Adrian has successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). He is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 10 September 2024  (Face-to-Face)  (16th Run)

Duration / Venue

• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room


A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.



• S$ 926.50 w/GST (S$850.00) for Community/Corporate

• S$ 959.20 w/GST (S$880.00) for Non-Subscribers


Grants/Subsidies/SkillsFuture Credit are not applicable.


• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Buffet lunch with vegetarian & halal options


Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "Good insight. Adrian gave a very helpful and clear explanation" - Junaynah Pungot Ann, MMD Singapore Pte Ltd

• "Adrian (Trainer) is a wonderful and friendly speaker, excellent sharing and insights into HR work that should be done and can be done in Korea. Absolutely love his energy! Also, every service staff at the event venue were helpful and nice, the flow of the event was great, thank you team!"

• "Thanks for your great training. It was very helpful and wonderful class!" - Natalie Seo, Citrix Systems

Past Participant Organisations

• Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited, ABSG Consulting Inc., Adknowledge Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Aeroflex Asia Limited, ARA Asset Management Ltd, Ashland Singapore Pte Ltd, AETN Asia Pte Ltd, Agoda Services Co., Ltd, ARA Management Pte Ltd, Argus Media, Alfred H Knight, Atkins Design Engineering Consultants Pte Ltd, AES Global Holding Pte Ltd, Almac Pharmaceutical Services Pte Ltd

• Boeing Singapore, Brunel International South East Asia Pte Ltd, Blackmores International Pte Ltd,, Beumer Group Singapore Pte Ltd

• Chem-Trend Singapore Pte Ltd, Citrix Systems Singapore Pte Ltd, CSE-Transtel Pte Ltd, Cityneon Management Services Pte Ltd, Criteo, Convergint Singapore Pte Ltd, Chint Global International Pte Ltd

• Dematic S.E.A Pte Ltd, DEUTZ Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, Dematic Pte Ltd

• Everett Charles Technologies, Equalbase Development Pte Ltd

• Fluke South East Asia Pte Ltd, Flowserve Pte Ltd

• Groz-Beckert East Asia LLP, GIC Private Limited, GrabTaxi Holdings, GenScript Biotech (Singapore) Pte Ltd, General Reinsurance AG, Singapore Branch

• Hansgrohe Pte Ltd, Heidrick & Struggles, Hologic Singapore Pte Ltd, Herrenknecht Asia Headquarters Pte Ltd, HWI Healy World International Pte Ltd

• International Enterprise Singapore, Ichor Systems Singapore Pte Ltd, ib vogt Malaysia Sdn Bhd

• JustCo Management Pte Ltd, JS Global APAC Holding Pte Ltd

• Koch Business Solutions - Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn. Bhd

• Leica Microsystems (SEA) Pte Ltd

• Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, Motional, Motion Picture Association – International, MMD Singapore Pte Ltd, Murex Southeast Asia Pte Ltd, Medline Industries Asia Pte Ltd

• Northern Trust Management Services Asia.

• Oakwell Distribution (S) Pte Ltd, OCBC Bank, Omega Integration Pte Ltd

• Pacific Life Re Limted, PAC Instruments Asia Pte Ltd, PALFINGER Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, PSGourmet Pte Ltd, Panduit Singapore Pte Ltd

• Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd, Redwood Interior Pte Ltd

• SITA, Svitzer Salvage Asia Pte Ltd, Stahl Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, SOFEC Floating Systems Pte Ltd, Stahl Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Schottel Far East Pte Ltd, SABIC SK Nexlene Company Pte Ltd

• TripAdvisor Singapore, TriQuint International Pte Ltd, Tractors Singapore Limited

• Veeco Asia Pte Ltd, Viki’s Pte Ltd

• WD Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Wildbrain CPLG Singapore Pte Ltd

• Zwick Asia Pte. Ltd