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Violating law & contract - Immigration looks other way

 
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DanseurVertical



Joined: 24 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Violating law & contract - Immigration looks other way Reply with quote

My employer is treating me (along with my two North American co-workers) as independent contractors. This is evident in my tax rate, being deprived health insurance, the fact that no money has been paid to my pension account, and so on.

You may have read 'English teachers duped by employers in Korea' in some online paper called The Korea Observer:

With a deep sigh he lamented that immigration has no authority over insurance and employee benefit disputes and is heavily understaffed to effectively crack down on hakwons’ unethical business practices.

“If you have been forced to work as a freelancer on an E-2 visa, report the hakwon to immigration so that we can restrict E-2 visa issuance to the problematic hakwon and provide a D-10 job seeking visa to you.”

An official at Seoul Global Center concurred with him, noting that it is mandatory for all hakwons to cover the half the cost of health insurance and other employee benefits.


I (naively) followed this advice and took my case to Immigration to report my employer and ask if getting a D10 would require a letter of release from my employer ... I showed them documentation from the tax office, NPS, my payslips, and contract wherein I'm deemed an 'employee'. At first they said that this is a matter for MOEL. Then I explained that MOEL had told me that it's a matter for Immigration, and that for E2 visa holders, MOEL only handles matters of non-compensated work (not getting paid). After a lengthy discussion, the Immigration staff concluded that 1) there was nothing they could do about my employer, and 2) I DO need a letter of release. I made the 2-hour journey back from Immigration feeling disheartened, angry, and powerless.

Surely I'm not alone in this situation! What is our recourse?
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BigBuds



Joined: 15 Sep 2005
Location: Changwon

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will get a different answer almost every time you go.

Sounds like you got someone who has no clue what they are doing but rather than say so or ask a colleague for advice, they just tell you anything. I would definitely go back again and speak to someone else.
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DanseurVertical



Joined: 24 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigBuds wrote:
You will get a different answer almost every time you go.

Sounds like you got someone who has no clue what they are doing but rather than say so or ask a colleague for advice, they just tell you anything. I would definitely go back again and speak to someone else.


The staff member consulted with at least one colleague for quite some time. I didn't accept the answer and explained the specifics of my situation, pointing out why it must be treated as an exception. I pleaded to be given an opportunity to communicate with another officer who has higher authority on the matter but was told something to the effect that there's just nothing they can do about it. My '10 minute' meeting lasted for literally half an hour. As I mentioned, I ultimately walked away very disheartened. When I asked, "You're not going to investigate my employer?" the reply was to the effect that the matter is between my employer and me, not Immigration. Yeah ...
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DanseurVertical



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are NETs here so desensitized to hearing about situations like this that practically no one even cares?
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