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Offline zinzi

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Notorious Chain Contract Review
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:16:49 PM »
This will be be my second year teaching in Seoul, and all the offers I've had so far come from chains that have quite a few negative reviews online. However, the teachers I've spoken to are all happy at their respective branches... I'd appreciate any input regarding the contract I've most recently been offered. My immediate concerns are that they don't specify break times or the number of vacation days, and there's the possibility of telephone lessons to make up 30 teaching hours.... Should I try negotiate or run?

TEACHER OBLIGATIONS

A.    Supervision

The teacher will work closely with academic supervisor and other colleagues in the planning, observation, and review of instruction.

As a member of the Institute, the teacher will contribute to the cumulative experience, wisdom, and resources of a team dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive program for teaching English to Koreans.

B.    Behavior

The teacher should respect the rules, standards of conduct of the Institute and the request made by the director or the academic supervisor(written, verbal and tacit). There will be 3months of teacher training period. If the teacher fails to meet these standards, 1 verbal warning will be given followed by 1 written warning. Should the teacher continue to fail to meet standards it is at the discretion of the Institute to terminate the Teacherís contract.
The Teacher should obey the laws, regulations, instructions, and ordinances of the national and local governments. Any teaching or employment other than at the above address shall not be permitted, in accordance with Korean Law. Non-compliance may result in discipline including fines and deportation.

The teacher should dress accordingly in attire conducive to teaching at all times during the term of this contract. Casual or work appropriate is acceptable.

C.    Workload

The Teacher will work 40 hours per week. This includes 30 teaching hours and 10 hours devoted to tasks outside class teaching. The teaching hours will be assigned at the sole discretion of the director or supervisor. Teacherís teaching hours will be reallocated every six months to vary workload if teacher has over 30 teaching hours regularly. The Teacher is expected to devote no less than 2 hours a day at the Institute for lesson planning, student evaluations, teachersí meeting, consultation with parents, and supervision of play.
Upgrading oneís professional knowledge and skills is without additional pay. If the teacher has less than 30 teaching hours, the teacher is expected to teach staff members or teach students over the phone or teach Feeling English in winter vacation, or complete other project work. At that time there would be the possibility of the schedule change. The workweek will follow the yearly academic calendar issued by XXX

Staff meetings will be scheduled at the discretion of the Institute Director. Attendance should be punctual. Staff meetings will allow time for discussion of topics of current concern within programs, such as new policies, procedures, methods of training, instruction, curriculum, and other matters as needed. Staffs are encouraged to help work out practical solutions to problems at these meetings.

The preparation and attendance for special events such as Parents Conference, Program Orientation, English contest, workshops, etc. demands the teacher may be required to work three or four Saturdays in a year.
In addition, when the institute closes down due to natural disaster, the teacher may teach on Saturday to make up the class. Additional pay for these activities is already added on the annual salary, so it will not be given for it.

D. Monthly Salary

The Institute will pay the teacher a total monthly basic salary each month and will pay on the fifth of each month for the previous monthly salary. The monthly salary is based on a calendar month, not the monthly teaching session. Korean income tax, National Pension & Medical Insurance will be withheld from the monthly salary.


E. Teaching Overtime

Over time teaching is paid beyond 30 teaching hours. Overtime will not be paid on holidays, sick days, or emergency leave days. The assignment of overtime above the regular 30 hour classes and less than 34 hour classes is at the sole discretion of the Institute. The over time rate is 24,000 won per one 60 min class. Overtime will not exceed 34 teaching hours unless both parties agree.

F. Work Schedule

The workweek runs from Monday through Friday in monthly periods. The teacherís schedule will be assigned by the Institute Director. If the teachers have morning classes, they begin at 9:00 am and finish at 6:00. The teacher will be expected in the institute by 9:00 a.m. for the morning preschool teacher, according to Section C. Teachers teaching the afternoon program will work from 12:30 pm to 9pm.  However, there is a little possible change at summer vacation and winter vacation from 10:30 pm to 8pm.


G. Special Research Projects

Any part of the teacher workload converted to research and development work by the institute will be remunerated according to Section E.

H. Period of Contract / Teacher Training Period

Although pay starts the day the Teacher starts Teacher Training Program, the effective date of this contract is the first teaching day not training in the Institute. The total period of this agreement is approximately one year, commencing from the first day of the Teacherís 1st session and finishing on the last teaching day of the teacherís 12th teaching session. There will be 3 months of teacher training period. If teacher fails to meet the standards, the contract will be terminated. (If teacher fail to meet the standard of section B during teacher training period, it will be given with a notice of reasons, period and date to terminate the contract. In this case, it doesnít apply to Warning and dismissal on Teacher Training Packet )
 A delay in the Teacherís arrival at the Institute or in the opening of a new Institute may call for a re-negotiation of the contract period.

The Institute reserves the right to terminate this agreement for cause with written notification thirty days in advance, or the institute will terminate the contract for serious cause without notice. The teacher agrees to give written notification sixty days in advance of intention to terminate this agreement or of interest in renewing it. This only applies for the teacher who has been working for more than 6 months. If teacher works for the company under 6 months, teacher will be given only the written notification.

The period of this contract shall be one (1) year

   from:   Feb 22nd, 2018
   to: Feb 28th 2019
TEACHER BENEFITS

A. Housing

The Institute will provide each teacher a studio-type apartment. The apartment will contain TV, refrigerator, washing machine, Air conditioner, wardrobe, telephone, gas range, bed & Korean style bedding, dining table & chairs, microwave, and some eating & cooking utensils. The teacher should keep everything which belongs to the institute and should not move without permission. However, the teacher shall pay for the maintenance fee, usually 70,000 won per month and the utility fee (electricity, water, gas, phone bills, etc.). However, the person doesnít need an apartment, XXX will provide 400,000won as a housing allowance every month. 
The housing allowance is not a part of salary. If Teacher fails to complete the contract, teacher cannot make any claims for it.

B. Health Insurance

The teacher will be covered by Korean National Health Insurance. According to the government guideline for teachers, the monthly insurance charge will be shared by the Institute and the teacher at a rate of 3.6% of monthly salary. Coverage will be from the date of joining to Korean Medical Institute Union, commencing approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the teacherís arrival of Korean due to requirements of the immigration and taxation department.

C. National Pension Plan

In accordance with Korean Law, all foreign workers employed by Korean businesses shall pay into the Korean National Pension Plan at a rate of 9% (or the ratio stipulated by the Korean National Pension Law) deducted against monthly earnings with the employerís contribution of 4.5%.

Refund of the National Pension to a teacher who becomes a compulsorily insured employee, where the Pension Act of the teacher's home country provides the benefit corresponding to the lump-sum refund of the National Pension Plan, the lump-sum refund of this plan shall be paid to the foreigner according to Korean Law.

If the relevant law is updated, it will be paid according to the revised Korean Law.

D. Sick Leave and Personal Leave

Documented sick leave will be paid for a combined total of 3 days a year. The teacher should provide the institute with as much advance notice as possible. Unused sick leave may not be converted into any cash payment. There after any sick days taken by the teacher will be at the teacherís personal expense. Sick leave taken beyond the 3days will be calculated at 1.5 times the actual teaching time missed. Depending on the teacherís individual workload this amount may be deducted from the monthly salary or hours may be reconciled by the teacher.
The teacher must obtain a medical certificate from a doctor on any sick leave, to be given to the academic supervisor the following workday.
The teacher must also provide as much notice as possible to allow for adequate preparation to be made.
The teacher should complete a personal leave application, to be submitted to the academic supervisor. The academic supervisor will accept or deny the personal leave. Personal leave is calculated in the same way as additional sick leave, at 1.5 times the actual teaching time missed.
If it is found that the teacher has abused the sick leave , more than 3 days absences without any notice or personal leave entitlements, taking leave for anything other than prior purposes stated, it will be considered ďCause for TerminationĒ of the teacherís contract by the institute.





E. Airfare

The Institute shall pay one way-trip airfare between the nearest International Airport to the Teacherís residence and Seoul, Korea. When the teacher needs to go to Japan for an E-2 visa trip, the institute shall pay round-trip airfare and accommodation.

In case the Teacher fails to complete the contract, the teacher shall pay back to the Institute the total amount of the air tickets, including the visa trip expenses.

G. Teacher Training Program (TTP)

The teacher shall have a training period before starting to teach in the Institute. The training period will not exceed four weeks. During the training period, the teacher will be in the Institute for classroom observation. The teacher will receive briefings from the Academic Supervisor, and the Institute Director, fill out the observation forms and will get acquainted with institute policies including Teacherís guideline. During the TTP time, the teacher will receive half the rate of the regular pay.


F . Vacation

Vacation will be scheduled as per the yearly academic calendar which is decided by the XXX: normally the vacation would be in the form of a few days in the summer and a few days at the end of the year. During the vacation the teacher will be paid the basic rate of payment but no overtime will be paid according to Article 47 and 48 of Korean Labor Standard Law.



H. Completion Bonus

On completion of oneís responsibilities of the full contact period, an additional month of regular salary per one year shall be paid as completion bonus. However, if the teacher fails to complete the full period of one year contract, none of the completion bonus shall be paid according to Korea Labor Standard Law.  Completion bonus will be paid by bank transfer no later than eight weeks after the teacher has left the institute. Korean tax will be withheld. Any outstanding debts incurred by the teacher will be subtracted from the completion bonus.

If teacher renew the contract, the 1st and 2nd completion bonus will be paid no later than eight weeks after the last teaching month according to Korea Labor Standard Law.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

Monthly Salary    W 2,300,000   
Completion Bonus   W 2,300,000   a month Salary per year
 
*Your compensation will be paid in Korean Currency.   



Dismissal or Voluntary Resignation

A.   In case of each of following subparagraphs, the institute is able to cancel the contract notwithstanding during the employment period.

1.   Absence without any notice more than 3 times a month
2.   Neglect of the duties stipulated in this agreement
3.   Receiving complaints from students and his/her parents more than 3 times a month or refusal class by more than 10 percentages of students a month.
4.   Has received three warnings
5.   The inability to perform the duties stipulated in this agreement
6.   Acknowledgement of shortage of his/her lecture ability given by the schoolís evaluation
7.   The employees engage in criminal conduct or in misconduct
8.   Termination of the contract by other agreements between both parties
9.   A case is confirmed to the dismissal regulations made by XXX

Offline dalkyr

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Re: Notorious Chain Contract Review
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 11:18:06 AM »
I like chain contracts. They're fun. Let's go!

This will be be my second year teaching in Seoul, and all the offers I've had so far come from chains that have quite a few negative reviews online. However, the teachers I've spoken to are all happy at their respective branches... I'd appreciate any input regarding the contract I've most recently been offered. My immediate concerns are that they don't specify break times or the number of vacation days, and there's the possibility of telephone lessons to make up 30 teaching hours.... Should I try negotiate or run?

TEACHER OBLIGATIONS

A.    Supervision

The teacher will work closely with academic supervisor and other colleagues in the planning, observation, and review of instruction.

As a member of the Institute, the teacher will contribute to the cumulative experience, wisdom, and resources of a team dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive program for teaching English to Koreans.

B.    Behavior

The teacher should respect the rules, standards of conduct of the Institute and the request made by the director or the academic supervisor(written, verbal and tacit). There will be 3months of teacher training period. If the teacher fails to meet these standards, 1 verbal warning will be given followed by 1 written warning. Should the teacher continue to fail to meet standards it is at the discretion of the Institute to terminate the Teacherís contract.
The Teacher should obey the laws, regulations, instructions, and ordinances of the national and local governments. Any teaching or employment other than at the above address shall not be permitted, in accordance with Korean Law. Non-compliance may result in discipline including fines and deportation.

The teacher should dress accordingly in attire conducive to teaching at all times during the term of this contract. Casual or work appropriate is acceptable.

C.    Workload

The Teacher will work 40 hours per week. This includes 30 teaching hours and 10 hours devoted to tasks outside class teaching. The teaching hours will be assigned at the sole discretion of the director or supervisor. Teacherís teaching hours will be reallocated every six months to vary workload if teacher has over 30 teaching hours regularly. The Teacher is expected to devote no less than 2 hours a day at the Institute for lesson planning, student evaluations, teachersí meeting, consultation with parents, and supervision of play.

"Supervision of play" is kinda iffy. That'll cut into your break time and prep time.

Upgrading oneís professional knowledge and skills is without additional pay. If the teacher has less than 30 teaching hours, the teacher is expected to teach staff members or teach students over the phone or teach Feeling English in winter vacation, or complete other project work. At that time there would be the possibility of the schedule change. The workweek will follow the yearly academic calendar issued by XXX

Making up hours is kinda crappy, but not unexpected.

Staff meetings will be scheduled at the discretion of the Institute Director. Attendance should be punctual. Staff meetings will allow time for discussion of topics of current concern within programs, such as new policies, procedures, methods of training, instruction, curriculum, and other matters as needed. Staffs are encouraged to help work out practical solutions to problems at these meetings.

The preparation and attendance for special events such as Parents Conference, Program Orientation, English contest, workshops, etc. demands the teacher may be required to work three or four Saturdays in a year.
In addition, when the institute closes down due to natural disaster, the teacher may teach on Saturday to make up the class. Additional pay for these activities is already added on the annual salary, so it will not be given for it.

Clear and concise Saturday clause! Yay! 3-4 Saturdays a year isn't terrible. Not as good as "none",
 but not bad.


D. Monthly Salary

The Institute will pay the teacher a total monthly basic salary each month and will pay on the fifth of each month for the previous monthly salary. The monthly salary is based on a calendar month, not the monthly teaching session. Korean income tax, National Pension & Medical Insurance will be withheld from the monthly salary.

Yes, but HOW MUCH is your salary?

E. Teaching Overtime

Over time teaching is paid beyond 30 teaching hours. Overtime will not be paid on holidays, sick days, or emergency leave days. The assignment of overtime above the regular 30 hour classes and less than 34 hour classes is at the sole discretion of the Institute. The over time rate is 24,000 won per one 60 min class. Overtime will not exceed 34 teaching hours unless both parties agree.

A decent OT rate AND mutually agreed OT? Who are you? I want to murder you and pull a Talented Mr Ripley on this contract.  :laugh:

F. Work Schedule

The workweek runs from Monday through Friday in monthly periods. The teacherís schedule will be assigned by the Institute Director. If the teachers have morning classes, they begin at 9:00 am and finish at 6:00. The teacher will be expected in the institute by 9:00 a.m. for the morning preschool teacher, according to Section C. Teachers teaching the afternoon program will work from 12:30 pm to 9pm.  However, there is a little possible change at summer vacation and winter vacation from 10:30 pm to 8pm.

Wait, *preschool*? Never mind, I don't want your life anymore.

G. Special Research Projects

Any part of the teacher workload converted to research and development work by the institute will be remunerated according to Section E.

H. Period of Contract / Teacher Training Period

Although pay starts the day the Teacher starts Teacher Training Program, the effective date of this contract is the first teaching day not training in the Institute. The total period of this agreement is approximately one year, commencing from the first day of the Teacherís 1st session and finishing on the last teaching day of the teacherís 12th teaching session. There will be 3 months of teacher training period. If teacher fails to meet the standards, the contract will be terminated. (If teacher fail to meet the standard of section B during teacher training period, it will be given with a notice of reasons, period and date to terminate the contract. In this case, it doesnít apply to Warning and dismissal on Teacher Training Packet )
 A delay in the Teacherís arrival at the Institute or in the opening of a new Institute may call for a re-negotiation of the contract period.

*Technically* having the "Teacher Training Program" outside of the contract dates isn't legal, but it's a really minor thing.

The Institute reserves the right to terminate this agreement for cause with written notification thirty days in advance, or the institute will terminate the contract for serious cause without notice. The teacher agrees to give written notification sixty days in advance of intention to terminate this agreement or of interest in renewing it. This only applies for the teacher who has been working for more than 6 months. If teacher works for the company under 6 months, teacher will be given only the written notification.

The period of this contract shall be one (1) year

   from:   Feb 22nd, 2018
   to: Feb 28th 2019
TEACHER BENEFITS

A. Housing

The Institute will provide each teacher a studio-type apartment. The apartment will contain TV, refrigerator, washing machine, Air conditioner, wardrobe, telephone, gas range, bed & Korean style bedding, dining table & chairs, microwave, and some eating & cooking utensils. The teacher should keep everything which belongs to the institute and should not move without permission. However, the teacher shall pay for the maintenance fee, usually 70,000 won per month and the utility fee (electricity, water, gas, phone bills, etc.). However, the person doesnít need an apartment, XXX will provide 400,000won as a housing allowance every month. 
The housing allowance is not a part of salary. If Teacher fails to complete the contract, teacher cannot make any claims for it.

A nice list of furnishings.

B. Health Insurance

The teacher will be covered by Korean National Health Insurance. According to the government guideline for teachers, the monthly insurance charge will be shared by the Institute and the teacher at a rate of 3.6% of monthly salary. Coverage will be from the date of joining to Korean Medical Institute Union, commencing approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the teacherís arrival of Korean due to requirements of the immigration and taxation department.

C. National Pension Plan

In accordance with Korean Law, all foreign workers employed by Korean businesses shall pay into the Korean National Pension Plan at a rate of 9% (or the ratio stipulated by the Korean National Pension Law) deducted against monthly earnings with the employerís contribution of 4.5%.

Refund of the National Pension to a teacher who becomes a compulsorily insured employee, where the Pension Act of the teacher's home country provides the benefit corresponding to the lump-sum refund of the National Pension Plan, the lump-sum refund of this plan shall be paid to the foreigner according to Korean Law.

If the relevant law is updated, it will be paid according to the revised Korean Law.

D. Sick Leave and Personal Leave

Documented sick leave will be paid for a combined total of 3 days a year. The teacher should provide the institute with as much advance notice as possible. Unused sick leave may not be converted into any cash payment. There after any sick days taken by the teacher will be at the teacherís personal expense. Sick leave taken beyond the 3 days will be calculated at 1.5 times the actual teaching time missed. Depending on the teacherís individual workload this amount may be deducted from the monthly salary or hours may be reconciled by the teacher.

Wait, what? 1.5 times the actual time missed? Aww, they were doing so well. That's needlessly punitive.


The teacher must obtain a medical certificate from a doctor on any sick leave, to be given to the academic supervisor the following workday.
The teacher must also provide as much notice as possible to allow for adequate preparation to be made.
The teacher should complete a personal leave application, to be submitted to the academic supervisor. The academic supervisor will accept or deny the personal leave. Personal leave is calculated in the same way as additional sick leave, at 1.5 times the actual teaching time missed.
If it is found that the teacher has abused the sick leave , more than 3 days absences without any notice or personal leave entitlements, taking leave for anything other than prior purposes stated, it will be considered ďCause for TerminationĒ of the teacherís contract by the institute.





E. Airfare

The Institute shall pay one way-trip airfare between the nearest International Airport to the Teacherís residence and Seoul, Korea. When the teacher needs to go to Japan for an E-2 visa trip, the institute shall pay round-trip airfare and accommodation.

In case the Teacher fails to complete the contract, the teacher shall pay back to the Institute the total amount of the air tickets, including the visa trip expenses.

Technically paying back airfare is probably illegal, but it's becoming so standard that it'd be hard to fight.

G. Teacher Training Program (TTP)

The teacher shall have a training period before starting to teach in the Institute. The training period will not exceed four weeks. During the training period, the teacher will be in the Institute for classroom observation. The teacher will receive briefings from the Academic Supervisor, and the Institute Director, fill out the observation forms and will get acquainted with institute policies including Teacherís guideline. During the TTP time, the teacher will receive half the rate of the regular pay.

FOUR WEEKS OF TRAINING? Holy $#@^^@#@! At half-pay no less.

F . Vacation

Vacation will be scheduled as per the yearly academic calendar which is decided by the XXX: normally the vacation would be in the form of a few days in the summer and a few days at the end of the year. During the vacation the teacher will be paid the basic rate of payment but no overtime will be paid according to Article 47 and 48 of Korean Labor Standard Law.

"A few days"? That's delightfully (And by "delightfully" I mean "infuriatingly") vague.

H. Completion Bonus

On completion of oneís responsibilities of the full contact period, an additional month of regular salary per one year shall be paid as completion bonus. However, if the teacher fails to complete the full period of one year contract, none of the completion bonus shall be paid according to Korea Labor Standard Law.  Completion bonus will be paid by bank transfer no later than eight weeks after the teacher has left the institute. Korean tax will be withheld. Any outstanding debts incurred by the teacher will be subtracted from the completion bonus.

It's not a "completion bonus". It's *SEVERANCE*. Severance is legally mandated. Bonuses can be denied if they fire you.

If teacher renew the contract, the 1st and 2nd completion bonus will be paid no later than eight weeks after the last teaching month according to Korea Labor Standard Law.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

Monthly Salary    W 2,300,000   
Completion Bonus   W 2,300,000   a month Salary per year
 
*Your compensation will be paid in Korean Currency.   

2.3million is a bit on the low side for an experienced teacher.

Dismissal or Voluntary Resignation

A.   In case of each of following subparagraphs, the institute is able to cancel the contract notwithstanding during the employment period.

1.   Absence without any notice more than 3 times a month
2.   Neglect of the duties stipulated in this agreement
3.   Receiving complaints from students and his/her parents more than 3 times a month or refusal class by more than 10 percentages of students a month.

TRIAL BY STUDENT! I mean, I get it, it's a business, but Trial by Student clauses are crappy nonetheless.

4.   Has received three warnings
5.   The inability to perform the duties stipulated in this agreement
6.   Acknowledgement of shortage of his/her lecture ability given by the schoolís evaluation
7.   The employees engage in criminal conduct or in misconduct
8.   Termination of the contract by other agreements between both parties
9.   A case is confirmed to the dismissal regulations made by XXX

I like chain contracts because they're usually prepared by real lawyers at the head office, so they're comprehensive, and usually don't include any flat-out illegal clauses. This one is no exception.

The reason chains tend to have a lot of bad reviews is that there are a lot of them. If you figure 10% of the teachers have a bad time, it's obvious there are going to be more reviews.

Example:
A school with one branch and 10 former foreign teachers. 10% is one bad review.

A chain school with a hundred branches and 1000 former teachers (10 per branch). 10% is ONE HUNDRED bad reviews.

So take the reviews of chain schools with a grain of salt. Doubly so because the big ones are both chains AND franchises. So you want to look for reviews of *the specific branch you're applying at*.

Getting back to the contract: It's not bad. My only real gripe is that they don't go into details about teaching hours and breaks, but you've already noticed that. If you've talked to current teachers and they're happy you'll probably be ok. Try to track down a *former* teacher if you can. They're usually a bit more honest.

As far as negotiation goes, you're probably SOL. That's the downside of chains. The contract is the contract. It's prepared by the head office and they (generally) can't change it except for the salary number.

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Re: Notorious Chain Contract Review
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 10:39:36 PM »
dalkyr gave you a pretty comprehensive read-over there ^^

The couple of things that really stood out to me were the "few days" of vacation, no good. Especially when I consider "a few" to be about three. Also that the overtime is marked as 60 mins = one teaching hour, which makes me think your 30 teaching hours will all be full hours. Teaching pre-school kids for that many hours each week is going to be exhausting, even if you like them. And for only 2.3? Not sure it would be worth it.

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Re: Notorious Chain Contract Review
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 12:46:47 PM »
Thanks for your responses, guys! I turned it down based on the sketchy vacation and current tracherís less than enthusiastic email.

Iím probably going to go with an offer from xyz at this point, but again, Iím worried about the contract...
They claim that there are 15 vacation days - Iíll get all red days off plus one week in summer and one week in winter (when the school will close). But the wording of the contract seems iffy to me...

ďThe Company shall grant the instructor one (1) day of paid weekly holiday if the instructor has fully performed his/her duties (classes) during a given week.
2 Labor Day (May 1st of each year) shall be a paid holiday.
3 Annual paid leave shall be granted in accordance with the Labor Standards Act.
4 The Company may request that the instructor work on Saturdays, Sundays,
other holidays, or beyond the prescribed working hours, if necessary, upon consent of
the instructor.
5 If the instructor takes a holiday during the following, the Instructor shall
be deemed to have taken his/her annual paid leave:
A. National holidays and statutory public holidays under the Regulations on Public
Holidays of Government and Public Offices
B. During the Companyís vacation periodsĒ
« Last Edit: January 31, 2018, 05:00:10 PM by zinzi »

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Re: Notorious Chain Contract Review
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 11:11:45 AM »
Oof. If the *current* teacher gave you a less-than-enthusiastic review then you probably made the right call. Usually current teachers are super-cheerleaders, because we don't want to have the "They turned us down after talking to you. WHAT DID YOU SAY?!?" conversation.

(You should probably edit out the name of the new place too. Generally not a good idea to publicly post names anywhere)

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The Company shall grant the instructor one (1) day of paid weekly holiday if the April instructor has fully performed his/her duties (classes) during a given week.
2 Labor Day (May 1st of each year) shall be a paid holiday.
3 Annual paid leave shall be granted in accordance with the Labor Standards Act.
4 The Company may request that the instructor work on Saturdays, Sundays,
other holidays, or beyond the prescribed working hours, if necessary, upon consent of
the April instructor.
5 If the April instructor takes a holiday during the following, the Instructor shall
be deemed to have taken his/her annual paid leave:
A. National holidays and statutory public holidays under the Regulations on Public
Holidays of Government and Public Offices
B. During the Companyís vacation periods

This actually doesn't seem all that strange to me. Excessively wordy, and thus probably a translation from a Korean master contract.

It's basically a rehash of the labor laws, plus some extra legal CYA.

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The Company shall grant the instructor one (1) day of paid weekly holiday if the April instructor has fully performed his/her duties (classes) during a given week.

Basically: You get Sunday off. This is your legally mandated one day a week.

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4 The Company may request that the instructor work on Saturdays, Sundays,
other holidays, or beyond the prescribed working hours, if necessary, upon consent of
the instructor.

"On consent" is good.

Quote
5 If the April instructor takes a holiday during the following, the Instructor shall
be deemed to have taken his/her annual paid leave:
A. National holidays and statutory public holidays under the Regulations on Public
Holidays of Government and Public Offices
B. During the Companyís vacation periods

This is the one I'm guessing seems iffy to you, and it's the part I had to read a few times before it made sense.

It seems like it's basically saying that you don't get any free-floating vacation days. You get the red days, and the closures, and that's it. They've probably had people try to work those days and take a block elsewhere, hence this clause.

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Re: Notorious Chain Contract Review
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 04:57:11 PM »
Thanks for the clarification, dalkyr. I guess Iíll probabl end up taking this one, since everything seems pretty standard and Iím getting sick of the job search!

 



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