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More job opportunities for those with disabilities.
The Korean government plans to increase employment opportunities for them… by adopting a carrot and stick approach for employers.
Hwang Hojun delves into the nation’s latest policy initiative designed to improve not only the quantity but also the quality of jobs for people with disabilities. The Korean government announced on Tuesday that it will increase its efforts to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Speaking at the Seoul Customized Training Center, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn emphasized the importance of participation of both the government and corporations in order to improve the lives of those with special needs.
One of the policies that Hwang pointed out was the “exemplary subsidized companies” program for people with disabilities and said the government will expand such initiative.
“The ‘exemplary subsidized company’ program is a prototype that would increase both the quantity and quality of employment.”
A fairly new concept conceived by the employment ministry, this is how the system works.
If the parent company has a lower employment rate of people with disabilities than the minimum requirement, the government will encourage that company to establish a separate subsidiary with the government supporting 75% of the investment, so that the company would be able to hire more people with disabilities.
The catch is that the parent company must invest or own more than 50% of shares.
If the parent company follows through before the end of 2016, the government will provide tax support for the next three years.
In other words, it’s a second chance for companies to hire more people with disabilities.
“If companies decide not to do this, they will be fined, since they didn’t meet the minimum requirements in terms of employment rate of people with disabilities in the first place.”
With already 42 exemplary subsidized companies having been confirmed since 2008, the government looks to increase that number by pressuring 76 affiliated companies that have a employment rate of people with disabilities lower than one-point-five percent to follow the model… as the statutory minimum stands at two-point-seven percent.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News
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