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  • samuelmp
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    • November 09, 2010, 09:54:30 am
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Counting hours at work
« on: August 10, 2012, 07:07:18 pm »
My classes are 40 minutes and usually at most places that counts as an hour. My school however does not count it has an hour and thus overtime pay is nearly impossible.  Is this legal? I mean I am working 1-8:30 full time not all of that is teaching time but I have over 30 classes but its just really not cool to not get overtime for all this work ive put in, just wondering if there is anything I can legally do about it.


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Re: Counting hours at work
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 07:30:28 pm »
the general guideline (for public schools) is 1 class = 1 hour.

my classes are forty minutes long, and i teach 22 classes a week.

40 minutes times 22 classes = 880 minutes = 14.6 hours. a difference of 7.4 hours. but that's not how it works...

22 classes = 22 hours + ample prep time in the afternoons.

the class lengths for middle and high school are 45 and 50 minutes respectively, so if it would not be entirely fair to base the "count" on minutes alone.
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Re: Counting hours at work
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 12:12:02 am »
I teach 50 minute classes and they are considered an hour. You'd have to contact the head of your educational section to verify this. Check your contract too.


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Re: Counting hours at work
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2012, 12:29:22 am »
If you're working at a hagwon public school rules don't apply. 40 minutes is just 40 minutes teaching. I worked in a hagwon and we were teaching 8 classes a day, each 35 minutes. As a ridiculous example you could be teaching 20 minutes lessons, two per hour, for 6 hours a day. It would suck but it isn't against any rules or laws for hagwons. Over 30 classes per week is excessive so you might try to address this by combining smaller classes (if they're similar age and ability). Other than that you might have to look at other options.

EDIT: The last two classes (of the eight) were each an hour long. The happiness I felt when I was out of that place was substantial.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2012, 12:33:04 am by JeremyC »
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Re: Counting hours at work
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2012, 09:19:30 am »
Agree with the others who ask about the specifics of your contract.
How things are done at other places is irrelevant to the agreement you've signed with your employer.
And as for "legally" speaking, I can't imagine Korean labor law counting 40 or 50 minutes as an hour.
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