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Lorilou



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Location: Osan

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of things stood out to me-- the lack of specified sick days and the fact that they don't go into detail at all about the apartment (probably because they haven't rented yet). Anything else jump out to anyone?

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
This contract is made between
Institute Name: XXXX
Full Address: XXXX.
Hereafter referred to as the employer and
Employee Name: XXXX
Hereafter referred to as the employee or the teacher

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Job Description
The employee shall work for the employer as an English Instructor. All teaching hours and
work will be conducted at this school.
The duties of the employee shall be as follows:
a) Curriculum implementation.
b) Development of educational programs and materials.
c) Grading and evaluation of students.
d) Attendance at teachers meetings.
e) Other activities directly related to teaching.

2. Period of Employment.
The period of employment shall begin on 2010 / 03 / 01 / and end on 2011 /02 / 28 /.

3. Regular Hours of Employment.
The working hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Teacher needs to arrive 30 minutes early
Teaching hours are 100 per month (25 per week).
Teachers will have time to prepare for the next day's classes from 3pm-5pm daily.
In case there are teachers' meetings or trainings, the employee should attend the meeting.

4. Salary
a. The base monthly salary shall be 2.2 million KRW for a month and it starts from March.
In the event that the school can not provide the employee with 100 teaching hours per month,
the employer shall still pay the employee the full base salary.
b. Employees salary shall be paid on the 15th of the next month. If this day falls on a
National holiday, Saturday or Sunday, salary will be paid on the immediately
preceding business day
c. In such a case, however, the employee may be required to make dialogues and perform other
administrative duties in place of teaching hours.
Note: 1. Classes are 40 minutes long.
2. Teaching hours will be calculated by adding the length of each class and being
divided by 60.

5. Deductions
a. Taxes shall be deducted monthly as required by Korean law.
b. The cost of this insurance is 2.9% of employee's monthly pay.
The school also contributes 2.9%. In addition to being enrolled in the national health
program, the teacher is required to be enrolled in the National pension program.
c. The National Pension fee shall be deducted at 4.5% of employee's pay.
The school shall pay the same rate of 4.5% as the National Pension fee.
Note: Canadian and American teachers are eligible for a refund of the 9% pension
contributions upon completion of the contract and departure from Korea.

6. Housing
a. The employer shall provide a furnished apartment for him/her. If the teacher does not
require housing they will be given a housing allowance of 400,000 KRW per month
b. The cost of utilities are paid by the employee
c. In return for a furnished apartment, the employee agrees to respect and care for the apartment
in a respectful manner that includes ensuring the apartment is clean and is in good condition
for people who will live there at a later time.

7. Airfare.
a. The employee must purchase the lowest one-way ticket to Korea from the International
airport closest to employee's place of residence.
The employee will be reimbursed for the ticket (with receipt) within 5 days upon their arrival
to Korea.
If the employee already lives in Korea, the employer will pay for the round trip airline ticket
to go abroad to get a visa.
b. At the end of the contract period, the employer will purchase a ticket to employees place of
departure or, upon employees request, give employee the cash equivalent of the lowest
ticket.
c. If employee resigns from his/her position before 6 months, he/she shall be responsible for
reimbursing the employer for the cost of the airfare to Korea. Also, in this case, the
employer is not responsible for paying for the ticket to go back home when the employee
leaves.

8. Holidays
Employees are not required to work on any Korean National Holidays. All national holidays
will be paid. Also, in Korean education system, elementary schools have quite a few their own
holidays during the school year and sometimes cancel their regular class for special school
events such as picnic, sports day, presentations, etc. In those cases, English teachers don't have
to work, accounting for another paid holidays to the teacher by the school.

9. Vacation days.
Employees are guaranteed 4 weeks paid vacation during the course of the contract. The school
has 4 week breaks in both the summer and winter. During the breaks there will be English
camps held at the school. The camps will be two weeks long and the remaining two weeks will
be paid vacation. If for some reason there is no 2 week camp in either the winter or summer
break then the 4 week period would be non paid vacation
There is also an optional camp the employee could work during his/her vacation period which
he/she could get paid extra money. The employee can choose not to work for the other camp
which will be held in a different location. The school vacation time before or after the camp will
be the employee's paid vacation.

10. End of Contract Bonus.
Upon completion of this contract, the employee will receive one month salary as the end of
contract bonus in accordance with Korean Labor Laws. However, 200,000won will be
withheld to pay bills that come out after employee's departure.
When those bills are paid, the remainder of the money will be wire transferred to the bank of
the employee's choice and scan of the bills can be emailed if requested by the employee.

11. Lateness.
a. If the employee is going to be late for class, he/she must call the school and inform
the director as well as must provide a good reason for such lateness.
b. If the employee is late for each class without prior reasonable notice more than twice in a
month, 100,000won will be deducted from the employees payment for that month.
c. If the employee has a legitimate illness they just need to bring in a doctors note for
verification. In addition the employee should make all efforts to contact the school in
advance so appropriate arrangements can be made in finding a substitute. If the employee is
absent for reasons such as a basic cold, hangover, and other non serious conditions, 200,000
won per day should be deducted from the monthly salary.

12. Dismissal
The employer may dismiss the employee from employment under the following conditions:
a. Violation of the laws of the Republic of South Korea.
b. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol before or/and during teaching hours.
c. More than five times a month of consistent lateness for class.
d. Repeated absences from classes without any valid reasons.
With the exception of Section 12.a and 12.b above, the employer must first bring the problem
to the attention of the employee in writing and make every attempt to resolve the situation. The
employee shall then follow the instruction by the employer and make every attempt to fix the
problem.

13. Termination
The employer or employee may cancel this contract with 30days written notice.


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cobbles



Joined: 23 Dec 2010

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your help guys on the contract! i have gone back to ask for more information from the recruiter.
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jrwhite82



Joined: 22 May 2010

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PLEASE DELETE ALL PEOPLE'S AND SCHOOL'S NAMES FROM CONTRACTS AS WELL AS ANY INFORMATION LIKE ADDRESSES BEFORE POSTING THEM HERE.

Lorilou wrote:
A couple of things stood out to me-- the lack of specified sick days and the fact that they don't go into detail at all about the apartment (probably because they haven't rented yet). Anything else jump out to anyone?

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
This contract is made between
Institute Name: XXXXXX
Full Address: XXXXXX.
Hereafter referred to as the employer and
Employee Name: XXXXXX
Hereafter referred to as the employee or the teacher

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Job Description
The employee shall work for the employer as an English Instructor. All teaching hours and
work will be conducted at this school.
The duties of the employee shall be as follows:
a) Curriculum implementation.
b) Development of educational programs and materials.
c) Grading and evaluation of students.
d) Attendance at teachers meetings.
e) Other activities directly related to teaching.

2. Period of Employment.
The period of employment shall begin on 2010 / 03 / 01 / and end on 2011 /02 / 28 /.

3. Regular Hours of Employment.
The working hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Teacher needs to arrive 30 minutes early Pretty normal here. I wouldn't let the 30 mintes early thing make this a deal breaker.
Teaching hours are 100 per month (25 per week).That is good.
Teachers will have time to prepare for the next day's classes from 3pm-5pm daily.Wow two hours of prep time every day. This is pretty good so far.
In case there are teachers' meetings or trainings, the employee should attend the meeting.Read: Sometimes we have meeting on Saturdays....you might want to get more info here to see how often you have to come in (unpaid of course) outside of the 9-5 schedule.

4. Salary
a. The base monthly salary shall be 2.2 million KRW for a month and it starts from March.
In the event that the school can not provide the employee with 100 teaching hours per month,
the employer shall still pay the employee the full base salary.
b. Employees salary shall be paid on the 15th of the next month. If this day falls on a
National holiday, Saturday or Sunday, salary will be paid on the immediately
preceding business dayThis is standard, but be prepared to go 6 weeks without any money in Korea when you first get here. You'll want to bring AT LEAST 1,000,000W. I'd say closer to 1.5, your first month you are going to be going out a lot with new coworkers and you'll need to buy some odds and ends for your apartment. You don't want to be a burden on your new friends if you run out of cash.
c. In such a case, however, the employee may be required to make dialogues and perform other
administrative duties in place of teaching hours.
Note: 1. Classes are 40 minutes long.
2. Teaching hours will be calculated by adding the length of each class and being
divided by 60.So at 40 minute classes you will be doing about 38 classes a week. Which is around 7 to 8 classes a day. That's actually a little on the high side, but at 40 minutes a pop I wouldn't fret too much over this.

5. Deductions
a. Taxes shall be deducted monthly as required by Korean law.
b. The cost of this insurance is 2.9% of employee's monthly pay.
The school also contributes 2.9%. In addition to being enrolled in the national health
program, the teacher is required to be enrolled in the National pension program. I'm not sure if these numbers are correct, maybe RMNC or TUM can tell you.
c. The National Pension fee shall be deducted at 4.5% of employee's pay.
The school shall pay the same rate of 4.5% as the National Pension fee.
Note: Canadian and American teachers are eligible for a refund of the 9% pension
contributions upon completion of the contract and departure from Korea.

6. Housing
a. The employer shall provide a furnished You want the word "single" in here because shared housing sucks. apartment for him/her. If the teacher does not
require housing they will be given a housing allowance of 400,000 KRW per month If this is your first go around, I'd definetely recommend taking the provided housing.
b. The cost of utilities are paid by the employee Find out how much your maintenance fees are.
c. In return for a furnished apartment, the employee agrees to respect and care for the apartment
in a respectful manner that includes ensuring the apartment is clean and is in good condition
for people who will live there at a later time.

7. Airfare.
a. The employee must purchase the lowest one-way ticket to Korea from the International
airport closest to employee's place of residence.
The employee will be reimbursed for the ticket (with receipt) within 5 days upon their arrival
to Korea. I'd definetely ask for them to buy the ticket. There seems to have been an increase in the stories posted on this site about teachers buying their own tickets only to have schools back out last minute. This sticks the new employee with a one way ticket to Korea and no job (or work visa) on the other end. Most schools will pay up front. I, personally, would not pay for my own ticket to come here. But that's a choice you have to make.
If the employee already lives in Korea, the employer will pay for the round trip airline ticket
to go abroad to get a visa.
b. At the end of the contract period, the employer will purchase a ticket to employees place of
departure or, upon employees request, give employee the cash equivalent of the lowest
ticket. That's pretty good.
c. If employee resigns from his/her position before 6 months, he/she shall be responsible for
reimbursing the employer for the cost of the airfare to Korea. Also, in this case, the
employer is not responsible for paying for the ticket to go back home when the employee
leaves.
That's fair.
8. Holidays
Employees are not required to work on any Korean National Holidays. All national holidays
will be paid. Also, in Korean education system, elementary schools have quite a few their own
holidays during the school year and sometimes cancel their regular class for special school
events such as picnic, sports day, presentations, etc. In those cases, English teachers don't have
to work, accounting for another paid holidays to the teacher by the school. I wouldn't count on that.

9. Vacation days.
Employees are guaranteed 4 weeks paid vacation during the course of the contract. ]The school
has 4 week breaks in both the summer and winter. During the breaks there will be English
camps held at the school. The camps will be two weeks long and the remaining two weeks will
be paid vacation. Great vacation time! That means you get two weeks in the summer and another 2 in the winter. That is really good.If for some reason there is no 2 week camp in either the winter or summer
break then the 4 week period would be non paid vacation Yikes, that makes me a little nervous though. You might lose a whole month's salary!
There is also an optional camp the employee could work during his/her vacation period which
he/she could get paid extra money. The employee can choose not to work for the other camp
which will be held in a different location. The school vacation time before or after the camp will
be the employee's paid vacation.

10. End of Contract Bonus.
Upon completion of this contract, the employee will receive one month salary as the end of
contract bonus in accordance with Korean Labor Laws. However, 200,000won will be
withheld to pay bills that come out after employee's departure.
When those bills are paid, the remainder of the money will be wire transferred to the bank of
the employee's choice and scan of the bills can be emailed if requested by the employee. Plan on never seeing that 200,000! But that is a small deposit, so not really a deal breaker.

11. Lateness.
a. If the employee is going to be late for class, he/she must call the school and inform
the director as well as must provide a good reason for such lateness.
b. If the employee is late for each class without prior reasonable notice more than twice in a
month, 100,000won will be deducted from the employees payment for that month. That sounds fair.
c. If the employee has a legitimate illness they just need to bring in a doctors note for
verification. In addition the employee should make all efforts to contact the school in
advance so appropriate arrangements can be made in finding a substitute. If the employee is
absent for reasons such as a basic cold, hangover, and other non serious conditions, 200,000
won per day should be deducted from the monthly salary. That sonds a little steep. But, argueing it kind of implies you want to drink a lot and skip work for whatever reason...

12. Dismissal
The employer may dismiss the employee from employment under the following conditions:
a. Violation of the laws of the Republic of South Korea.
b. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol before or/and during teaching hours.
c. More than five times a month of consistent lateness for class.
d. Repeated absences from classes without any valid reasons.
With the exception of Section 12.a and 12.b above, the employer must first bring the problem
to the attention of the employee in writing and make every attempt to resolve the situation. The
employee shall then follow the instruction by the employer and make every attempt to fix the
problem.

13. Termination
The employer or employee may cancel this contract with 30days written notice.


This is actually pretty good. It has insurance, pension, severance. Great vacation. The hours are pretty standard. The two big negatives were the airfare and the risk of not getting paid two months out of the year. I can't see how they could hit you for a whole month's pay if they don't hold camp. It should only be two weeks pay (or not taking ANY pay). It's not your fault they don't have camp. I would ask for them to buy a plane ticket and change that policy in my contract and write in the word "Single" in the apartment clause. Maybe one of the other posters can check those percentages for you too.
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lifeinkorea



Joined: 24 Jan 2009
Location: somewhere in China

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorilou,

I suggest you remove your personal information from this post, like your name.

Quote:
Institute Name: Yale elementary school


A public school named "Yale"? Seems more like a hagwon title.

Quote:
2010 / 03 / 01 / and end on 2011 /02 / 28 /


You need to change this to the right dates

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b. Employees salary shall be paid on the 15th of the next month. If this day falls on a National holiday, Saturday or Sunday, salary will be paid on the immediately preceding business day


I would try to get the regular pay date 5 days AFTER you complete a month of work. So, if you are starting on the 10th, then the 15th the following month would be good. I have had hagwons pay before the 3rd even though it said the 5th in the contract.

I am surprised why they have a reasonable salary offer (mostly relative to working hours), but they might be making you work 1.5 months before you get paid.

Quote:
The employee will be reimbursed for the ticket (with receipt) within 5 days upon their arrival to Korea.


That's good, but all these good aspects make your 15th pay date stick out like a sore thumb. I would seriously inquire why they would reimburse you within 5 days for a flight but make you wait 15 days before getting paid after you have put in a month of work for them.

They should be TRUSTING you more when you work for them, not when you get off a plane and are still a complete stranger.

For me, one school decided the 23rd of each month was going to be their pay cycle. So, even though the first month it seemed like I was out 5 days of pay, I was regularly paid on the 23rd. If this school is doing the same with the 15th, then I would understand.

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Employees are guaranteed 4 weeks paid vacation during the course of the contract.


So, this isn't a hagwon job? Hmm, again, pay date worries here. At a public school I thought the pay date was earlier than the month.

With one GEPIK job, they had 25th in the contract. That means the 25th of the same month I got paid for. My school though told me the other teachers didn't get paid until the end of the month so they moved it up a few days.

Point is, I still got my pay before the 5th. In this case, well before the 5th. I never had to wait more than a week to get paid from them, except for one incident where the new head English teacher didn't know I should get paid for overtime hours which were seen by the school as happening in the morning one day. I received it the next pay date added to my next regular salary pay.

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If for some reason there is no 2 week camp in either the winter or summer break then the 4 week period would be non paid vacation


Huh? You get 4 weeks paid vacation with a 2 week camp, but none if there is no 2 week camp? Where is the connection? This is bizarre.

You are going to bring in that much money for the school that it warrants 4 weeks vacation time, but working the other 11 months won't earn you a dime? Something is fishy here.

The deal I made with a GEPIK school was that I would get paid overtime on a regular basis because I would be working extra hours (27 usually). However, during vacation time, I would only be paid a base salary based on 22 hours.

In the end, I always got paid something. In your case, they are setting it up to not pay you anything. Divide 4 weeks pay by 12 months and subtract that from the 2.2 salary. Now your 2.2 salary doesn't look so good.

WHAT GAMES ARE THESE SCHOOLS UP TO? AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

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10. End of Contract Bonus.


Kind of a silly addition here, but if it means you get your salary, severance, pension, and flight arranged, 200,000 isn't that bad to make sure you you get your 6.5 million. I would tell them straight out, "oh, you can have my 200,000. But don't expect me to move out and leave until I get my last month's salary, my pension arranged, my flight booked, and my severance."


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jrwhite82



Joined: 22 May 2010

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RMNC, lifeinkorea, TUM, and anyone else who tries to help new teachers. Let's make a deal that we will no longer review contracts that include names and personal information.

INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS ARE NOT THE PLACE TO POST YOUR'S OR OTHER'S PERSONAL INFORMATION.
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lifeinkorea



Joined: 24 Jan 2009
Location: somewhere in China

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrwhite82 wrote:
RMNC, lifeinkorea, TUM, and anyone else who tries to help new teachers. Let's make a deal that we will no longer review contracts that include names and personal information.

INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS ARE NOT THE PLACE TO POST YOUR'S OR OTHER'S PERSONAL INFORMATION.


Umm, all they have to do is remove it when they see it (they simply might not know or be aware). I don't see the point in not helping someone just because they have a "small cut", especially if it means they might get a "big cut" by signing a bad contract.

In this case, we see someone who has a good offer with salary, but there are these additional promises I don't normally see in contracts which could screw the person in the long run. If I accidentally put my name when posting online, I would still benefit from people who are familiar with contracts.
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jrwhite82



Joined: 22 May 2010

PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno, it says right in the first part of the sticky to remove the names. It's just a pet peeve.
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RMNC



Joined: 21 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As much as it bugs me to remove that stuff and tell people to change their posts, I'd rather they still get a contract review, and it does say in the sticky...

I guess that the impetus is on them to protect their own interests. After that there's nothing we can do but make the changes (which are minuscule, usually) and continue on.

And no, we're not enablers by doing so Razz
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morrisonhotel



Joined: 18 Jul 2009
Location: Gyeonggi-do

PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrwhite82 wrote:
RMNC, lifeinkorea, TUM, and anyone else who tries to help new teachers. Let's make a deal that we will no longer review contracts that include names and personal information.

INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS ARE NOT THE PLACE TO POST YOUR'S OR OTHER'S PERSONAL INFORMATION.


I would suggest that it's not necessarily a bad thing to have the school name posted on here if the contract is particularly bad. The more information about bad schools and bad contracts that is out there, the better for everyone. It would also help spread information about those rarities in here: a good contract.
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Vetter



Joined: 12 Oct 2010

PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:44 pm    Post subject: My contract Reply with quote

Does anyone care to look over my contract? I realize now that I should have requested an AC. I have concerns about the severence Article 11, #4. The original contract stated a one month severence pay. I also am so happy to have these 9 weeks paid vacation. Does anyone see a "hitch?"
I am very happy with this contract, but would appreciate responses.
thanks!

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Employment Contract
The following are the contract conditions between the Superintendent of (referred to below as "---------Employer") and-------------(referred to below as the Assistant English Teacher (AET)" or "Employee").
Article 2 (Position) Full-time Assistant English Teacher (AET) for the Asan Office of Education
Article 3 (Duties) Employee shall perform the following duties:
1. Teach the English language and other related subjects:
2. Prepare teaching materials for English class(es):
3. Assist with the development of teaching materials related to English language education;
4. Support activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities within the place of employment;
5. Teach alongside Korean Professors (teachers) with their class(es) and/or jointly conduct the class(es);
6. Perform other duties as designated by Employer including various English programs in the local school or the contracted university.
Article 4 (Supervision) Employee shall carry out the duties set forth in the foregoing Article 3 pursuant to and under specific instruction and supervision of the supervisor of the work place designated by Employer. Employee agrees that the Soonchunhyang University or Sun Moon University shall be entrusted the position of Employer and will manage: all visa processing matters related to the immigration office, supervising and educating the assistant English teachers, and paying airfare and other expenses.
1. Salary: The Employer will pay Employee a monthly salary of ___2,150,000______ KRW for the 12 months of the contract. The salary will be deposited to the Employees bank account on the 25th of each month. (Period per month: from 1st to 30th (31st ) )
2. In accordance with Korean National Pension Act, the pension amount will be withdrawn from your basic salary. The pension contributions are fully refunded when Employee leaves Korea.
3. Transportation allowance: 100,000 KRW/month will be paid during the academic period. However, this amount may differ according to the location of the school.
4. Travel allowance: A one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW will be paid at the end of the final contract period.
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Article 6 (Housing)
1. Employer or the contracted university shall provide Employee with housing selected by Employer or the contracted university. Housing selected by Employer or the contracted university may include, but not limited to, a leased house, a studio-type room, a dormitory room, or an apartment. Any and all fees, such as utilities, etc. incurred in using the housing shall be borne by Employee.
2. If Employee does not use the housing provided by Employer or the contracted university, Employer will provide 250,000 KRW per month.
3. Employee shall live in the Asan-Cheonan area.
4. Employer or the contracted university may provide temporary housing until the appropriate housing for Employee becomes available.
5. After discussing with the Employee, Employer shall decide whether to provide Employee with housing or a rent subsidy. Once decided, Employer's decision shall be binding for the contract period, and if possible, shall not be subsequently changed during the term of Employment.
6. If the Employer or the contracted university provides the housing, Employer will provide appliances and furniture stated in <appendix 1> and Employee shall not be entitled to any other things except those stated in <appendix 1>. Employee shall be responsible to manage and to repair the items provided.
Article 7 (Common Duties)
1. Employee shall earnestly perform his/her duties in relation to education and guidance of the students with responsibility and creativity, while demonstrating character and behavior that observe the local school's regulations. Employee shall cooperate actively for the development of the schools in the Asan area.
2. Employee shall be responsible for attending all meetings and seminars called by Employer, the administrator of the contracted university, the principle, or the supervisor of the local school. This shall be done without any additional allowance.
3. The requests made by the students should be considered and included in the subsequent class. Employee should also make the very most effort to develop the contents of his/her classes and should participate sincerely in all meetings called by his/her supervisor for the improvement of the classes.
Article 8 (Required hours of teaching and vacations)
1. Employee shall work 9am to 4pm per day, and is required to teach 20 hours per week. During the school year, Employee will have regular classes 36 weeks a year (5 days a week), out of 52 weeks a year.
Employee is required to participate in camps held by the Asan Office of Education, school camps, or the contracted university's programs. Employee will be guaranteed 9 week vacation a year (including Saturdays and Sundays) during the summer and winter vacations.
2. During the vacation, Employee will participate in the contracted camps held by the Asan Office of Education, university's program or the school camps for up to 6 weeks a year without any additional allowance. In other words, Employee shall agree that the monthly salary includes the payment for the hours worked in the contracted university's program and programs held by the Asan Office of Education for up to 6 weeks.
3. Employee shall be guaranteed 9 weeks (including annual holidays) paid vacation a year. Employee shall plan his/her personal vacation in accordance with the AOE, the local school, and the contracted university's camp schedule during vacations. Employee shall inform Employer in writing (Vacation request Form) at least one month before the planned vacation.
4. During the leave, if Employee exits the country, he/she must inform Employer, and the local school ahead of time and Employee will follow the Immigration Control Law for the visa. But Employee shall use the leave during the vacation and shall be in the country at least 7 days before the first day of the semester to prepare for classes.
5. In the event that Employee is absent from class due to personal reasons, the amount of pay for the hours missed will be subtracted from the Employees salary. The annual salary of Employee may be decreased as punishment.
6. If there is an after-school program, Employee shall agree to teach. Payment for the program will be paid separately. If Employees actual weekly teaching hours
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exceed twenty hours, employee will be paid at the rate of 25,000 KRW for each hour of overtime.
Article 9 (Codes of Conduct)
1. Employee shall faithfully observe his/her school Principal's, Director of the contracted university and Employer's requests about his/her duties defined in this Contract.
2. Employer shall evaluate Employee's performance of official duties.
3. Employee shall devote his/her full working hours and occupational attention to the defined duties in these terms and conditions, except for cases specially provided.
4. Employee shall not damage or tarnish the reputation of the teaching profession. Employee shall comply with and observe the codes of conduct of Korea teachers.
5. Employee shall not be employed or involved in other paid business (including part-time jobs) without Employer's permission.
6. If Employee has a contagious disease or other illness as set out in the following items, Employer may prevent Employee from performing duties.
When concerns exist that Employee has a contagious disease and is not taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
When concerns exist that working will significantly worsen the disease from which Employee suffers.
If Employee is affected by a disease designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
In the case of items 1, 2, and 3 above, the contract will be terminated immediately if Employee is diagnosed by a medical doctor with a problem that
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requires more than one month of rest and recovery. Employee shall not file a claim about this case.
7. Employee shall bear the fees in getting the visa, extending the visa to be qualified to work and the fees occurred by emigration and immigration control.
Article 10 (Sick Leave and special leave)
1. Employee shall be entitled to a paid sick leave if an illness or injury prevents him/her from performing the duties under this contract. He/she shall obtain Employer's prior consent and he/she shall make up any classes he/she has missed.
2. When Employee takes a sick leave for two (2) or more calendar days, Employee shall submit a practicing doctor's medical report to Employer and his/her supervisor at the local school.
3. Employee's paid sick leave during the Term of Employment shall not exceed five (5) calendar days (inclusive of national holidays, Saturday, and Sunday). If Employee requires a sick leave for more than five (5) calendar days, Employee may take a further sick leave without pay.
4. Employee may take a Special Leave for a number of days as set forth below for each of the following events
Fourteen (14) calendar days for the death of Employee's parent, spouse, or child;
Seven (7) calendar days for the death of Employee's grandparents.
Special Leave of his/her school Principal's.
Article 11 (Guarantee of the Position and Insurance, Severance pay)
1. As long as Employee fulfills the conditions of Articles 6, 7, 8 and does not violate the rules of Article 13, his/her position is guaranteed during the contract period.
2. Medical Insurance: Employee will be covered by medical benefits under the Korean National Medical Insurance Union (KMIU), the Government Health Organization. The costs of this coverage will be borne half by Employer and half by Employee. Payments will be made by monthly deduction from Employee's salary. Coverage commences from the date of joining the KMIU.
3. Pension and other insurance will follow the Korean Labor Law. The premium of pension, calculated from the amount earned, will automatically be withdrawn from Employee's basic salary.
4. Severance pay will be paid within 14 days after the completion of the 12 month contract. The amount will be calculated according to the related law. Income tax for the severance pay will be deducted, abiding by the Law on Income Taxes.
5. If Employee earns additional income other than the amount agreed by this contract, then that amount shall be reported in the Employees year-end tax return. At the end of the contract, or in April of the following year, the fee for the National Insurance will be re-calculated and deducted from/or returned to the Employees pay.
Article 12 (Resignation)
1. Employee shall perform the duties set forth under Article 3 hereof during the Term of Employment set forth under Article 1 hereof.
2. However, if Employee should desire to resign from Asan Office of Education and thereby terminate this Contract, he/she must give Employer a sixty (60) day prior written notice of resignation stating the date of and the reason for resignation.
In the case of Employee resignation during the contract period, the one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW shall not be paid to Employee.
Article 13 (Termination of the Contract)
1. Employer may terminate or cancel this Contract upon occurrence of any one of the following events:
If Employee violates the laws of the Republic of Korea.
If Employee fails to perform or unsatisfactorily perform any of the duties stipulated in this contract and/or shows delinquency that can cause difficulties in leading the class.
If Employee fails to perform his/her duties consecutively for a week or more without any excuse.
If any of the information provided in Employee's application is false or not
accurate.
Employer will have the right to dismiss Employee for past, or current conduct seriously jeopardizing any student or staff, or for past, or current criminal activity. In such instances, Employer has the right, under this agreement, to terminate the contract.
If it is determined that Employee is prevented from or incapable of performing his/her duties set forth in Article 3 hereof for a medical reason, whether it is a physical or psychological ailment. (If requested by Employer, Employee must be immediately available for a medical examination.)
If the sick leave used by Employee pursuant to Article 9 hereof exceeds thirty (30) days.
If Employee is not able to obtain the appropriate E-2 visa for teaching.
2. In the event that this Contract is terminated pursuant to the foregoing Clause 1, Employer shall pay Employee a prorated salary based on the number of days actually worked by Employee. In such event, Employee shall be responsible for the return flight to his/her home country. Employee's visa will subsequently be cancelled.
3. If Employee is sentenced to a term of imprisonment (or any other more severe penalty), Employer can terminate the contract.
4. If Employee does not respect the Articles of Association of the assigned school Educational Foundation or the regulations for non-tenure full-time contract instructors, or also if Employee does not perform any of the duties
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stipulated in this contract, the contract can be cancelled before the end of the contract period.
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Article 14. (Covenants)
1. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not undertake any teaching duties or employment with any persons or organizations other than Employer without permission of the immigration office. Failure to comply with this article is cause for immediate termination of contract.
2. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not disclose teaching materials, syllabus details, or any other information relating to the academic program, whether verbally or in writing, to individuals or corporate entities not employed by Employer.
3. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that at all times during the term of this agreement or subsequent to the termination of this agreement, Employee will not use the name of Employer for business purposes or private gain, and will not represent or represent himself/herself as an authorized representative of Employer in Korea.
4. Employee understands and accepts that Employer has the rights to all books and materials developed by Employee during Employees employment and that Employee will not raise any kind of protest legally.
5. Orientation: Employee will arrive one week before the beginning of the semester and attend an orientation. Employee shall be well prepared before beginning of class.
Article 15 (Merger Clause)
This agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This contract nullifies and voids previous contract(s) between the two parties. Any amendments to this agreement shall be done in writing and finalized in the same manner as this agreement and shall become a part hereto.
Article 16. (Indemnification Clause)
1. Employee will indemnify, and hold harmless, Employer from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the misconduct or negligence of Employee and or the Employee's surrogate.
2. Employee will hold harmless Employer and Employer's representatives from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the refusal by the government of Korea to permit entry to the Republic of Korea.
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Article 17 (Contract Renewal Conditions)
Employee should convey his/her desire to renew his/her contract in writing three months before the end of the contract period. Employer shall give written notice 2 months (60 days) before the end of the contract whether or not to renew the contract. This will be decided after carrying out an assessment based on the evaluation by the principle of the local school and the contracted university.
If Employer has not renewed the contract with the Employee at the end of the contract period, the last day of this contract becomes the resignation date automatically. No separate notice is given of the cancellation of the contract.
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Article 19 (Governing Law, Language and Venue)
1.The terms of this contract and the rights and obligation of the parties hereto shall be construed, interpreted and determined in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Korea.
2.The Governing language of the contract shall be Korean. The English translation of this Contract is made for the purpose of convenience.
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Article 20 (Signature)
In witness whereof, the parties hereto sign the Contract in duplicate on the date entered below with each party retaining one copy. The local school and the contracted university will keep photocopies of the original contract.
Article 21 (in addition)
For the matters not stated in this contract, the Asan Office of Education personnel affairs-related rules for teaching staff shall be followed. For other matters, the Employer will gather opinions from the contracted university and decide.
_______________________________ _________________________________
(Employer's signature) (Employee's signature)
_______________________________ __________________________________
¥ (Date) ¥ (Date)
<Appendix I> 翡 ϴ ǰ
The sample inventory of the appliances and furniture provided by Employer
(Refrigerator) / Ź (Washing machine)/ (Gas range)/ ħ (Single size bed)/ Ź2ο (dining table) / 2(Two chairs) /(Drawers)
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Article 4 (Supervision)...... and paying airfare and other expenses


Airfare and other expenses? WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES THIS MEAN? Flight to Korea? They must put this there. Flight back home? They must put this there. What are the other expenses? They must inform you of this.

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3. Employee shall live in the Asan-Cheonan area.
4. Employer or the contracted university may provide temporary housing until the appropriate housing for Employee becomes available.
5. After discussing with the Employee, Employer shall decide whether to provide Employee with housing or a rent subsidy. Once decided, Employer's decision shall be binding for the contract period, and if possible, shall not be subsequently changed during the term of Employment.


Now it's on you. Do you know the Asan-Cheonan area? Look at a map. IT'S NOT CLOSE TO SEOUL. Do you think you can live there? 2 hours from Seoul. I am not saying it's bad at all, but you need research the area. Don't worry about trains, buses, or even subway. Transportation is there, but prepare for 3-4 hours of traveling.

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3. Transportation allowance: 100,000 KRW/month will be paid during the academic period. However, this amount may differ according to the location of the school.

4. Travel allowance: A one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW will be paid at the end of the final contract period.


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In the case of Employee resignation during the contract period, the one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW shall not be paid to Employee.


So this is saying if you work 6 months, then they keep 1,000,000 KRW. However, you needed 500,000 for the first 6 months. If you accept this, then be willing to lose 100,000 KRW times the number of months you work if you decide to quit.

I don't know if this was intentional, but they didn't mention much about your airfare, yet they were particularly strict on the traveling reimbursement (why can't they just give 100,000 more a month?). These are 2 different things. Either they have had problems with teachers leaving without giving notice and want insurance money, or they are poorly organized and don't know how to put together a standard contract.

Compare this contract with a typical GEPIK or EPIK contract.
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jrwhite82



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:51 am    Post subject: Re: My contract Reply with quote

Vetter wrote:


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Employment Contract
The following are the contract conditions between the Superintendent of (referred to below as "---------Employer") and-------------(referred to below as the Assistant English Teacher (AET)" or "Employee").
Article 2 (Position) Full-time Assistant English Teacher (AET) for the Asan Office of Education
Article 3 (Duties) Employee shall perform the following duties:
1. Teach the English language and other related subjects:
2. Prepare teaching materials for English class(es):
3. Assist with the development of teaching materials related to English language education;
4. Support activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities within the place of employment;
5. Teach alongside Korean Professors (teachers) with their class(es) and/or jointly conduct the class(es);
6. Perform other duties as designated by Employer including various English programs in the local school or the contracted university.
Article 4 (Supervision) Employee shall carry out the duties set forth in the foregoing Article 3 pursuant to and under specific instruction and supervision of the supervisor of the work place designated by Employer. Employee agrees that the XXXXX shall be entrusted the position of Employer and will manage: all visa processing matters related to the immigration office, supervising and educating the assistant English teachers, and paying airfare and other expenses.
1. Salary: The Employer will pay Employee a monthly salary of ___2,150,000______ KRW for the 12 months of the contract. The salary will be deposited to the Employees bank account on the 25th of each month. (Period per month: from 1st to 30th (31st ) Be prepared to have a long delay in your first pay check. If you start on the 1st and then finish the first month, you won't get paid until the 25th of your second month. Plan ahead and bring extra money with you.
2. In accordance with Korean National Pension Act, the pension amount will be withdrawn from your basic salary. The pension contributions are fully refunded when Employee leaves Korea.It should mention here that the employer is also contributing their end of the 50%.
3. Transportation allowance: 100,000 KRW/month will be paid during the academic period. However, this amount may differ according to the location of the school. Well what is it exactly?
4. Travel allowance: A one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW will be paid at the end of the final contract period. Is this for the exiting airfare or both incoming and outgoing?
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Article 6 (Housing)
1. Employer or the contracted university shall provide Employee with housing selected by Employer or the contracted university. Housing selected by Employer or the contracted university may include, but not limited to, a leased house, a studio-type room, a dormitory room, or an apartment. Any and all fees, such as utilities, etc. incurred in using the housing shall be borne by Employee. That is very vague on housing. You want single housing (usually off campus) Although some dorms can be nice. You usually want a little space between you and your employer.
2. If Employee does not use the housing provided by Employer or the contracted university, Employer will provide 250,000 KRW per month. 250,000 is pretty much useless for paying for your own apartment. Go with the provided housing. Which you need to get more info on.
3. Employee shall live in the Asan-Cheonan area.
4. Employer or the contracted university may provide temporary housing until the appropriate housing for Employee becomes available. What is with the housing and this school?
5. After discussing with the Employee, Employer shall decide whether to provide Employee with housing or a rent subsidy. Once decided, Employer's decision shall be binding for the contract period, and if possible, shall not be subsequently changed during the term of Employment.
6. If the Employer or the contracted university provides the housing, Employer will provide appliances and furniture stated in <appendix 1> and Employee shall not be entitled to any other things except those stated in <appendix 1>. Employee shall be responsible to manage and to repair the items provided. No. If they give you a 15 year old fridge and it breaks. It is not your responsibility.
Article 7 (Common Duties)
1. Employee shall earnestly perform his/her duties in relation to education and guidance of the students with responsibility and creativity, while demonstrating character and behavior that observe the local school's regulations. Employee shall cooperate actively for the development of the schools in the Asan area.
2. Employee shall be responsible for attending all meetings and seminars called by Employer, the administrator of the contracted university, the principle, or the supervisor of the local school. This shall be done without any additional allowance.
3. The requests made by the students should be considered and included in the subsequent class. Employee should also make the very most effort to develop the contents of his/her classes and should participate sincerely in all meetings called by his/her supervisor for the improvement of the classes.
Article 8 (Required hours of teaching and vacations)
1. Employee shall work 9am to 4pm per day, and is required to teach 20 hours per week. During the school year, Employee will have regular classes 36 weeks a year (5 days a week), out of 52 weeks a year. That's really good.
Employee is required to participate in camps held by the Asan Office of Education, school camps, or the contracted university's programs. Employee will be guaranteed 9 week vacation a year (including Saturdays and Sundays) during the summer and winter vacations. Nice vacation.
2. During the vacation, Employee will participate in the contracted camps held by the Asan Office of Education, university's program or the school camps for up to 6 weeks a year without any additional allowance. In other words, Employee shall agree that the monthly salary includes the payment for the hours worked in the contracted university's program and programs held by the Asan Office of Education for up to 6 weeks. So are these camps done during your paid vacation? I'm a little confused here.
3. Employee shall be guaranteed 9 weeks (including annual holidays) paid vacation a year. Employee shall plan his/her personal vacation in accordance with the AOE, the local school, and the contracted university's camp schedule during vacations. Employee shall inform Employer in writing (Vacation request Form) at least one month before the planned vacation.
4. During the leave, if Employee exits the country, he/she must inform Employer, and the local school ahead of time and Employee will follow the Immigration Control Law for the visa. But Employee shall use the leave during the vacation and shall be in the country at least 7 days before the first day of the semester to prepare for classes.
5. In the event that Employee is absent from class due to personal reasons, the amount of pay for the hours missed will be subtracted from the Employees salary. The annual salary of Employee may be decreased as punishment. So even if it is approved or a legitimate excuse, you might get your pay docked and then take a PERMANENT hit on pay? That's a little harsh.
6. If there is an after-school program, Employee shall agree to teach. Payment for the program will be paid separately. If Employees actual weekly teaching hours
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exceed twenty hours, employee will be paid at the rate of 25,000 KRW for each hour of overtime. So you can't decline OT if you don't want it?
Article 9 (Codes of Conduct)
1. Employee shall faithfully observe his/her school Principal's, Director of the contracted university and Employer's requests about his/her duties defined in this Contract.
2. Employer shall evaluate Employee's performance of official duties.
3. Employee shall devote his/her full working hours and occupational attention to the defined duties in these terms and conditions, except for cases specially provided.
4. Employee shall not damage or tarnish the reputation of the teaching profession. Employee shall comply with and observe the codes of conduct of Korea teachers.
5. Employee shall not be employed or involved in other paid business (including part-time jobs) without Employer's permission.
6. If Employee has a contagious disease or other illness as set out in the following items, Employer may prevent Employee from performing duties.
When concerns exist that Employee has a contagious disease and is not taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
When concerns exist that working will significantly worsen the disease from which Employee suffers.
If Employee is affected by a disease designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
In the case of items 1, 2, and 3 above, the contract will be terminated immediately if Employee is diagnosed by a medical doctor with a problem that
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requires more than one month of rest and recovery. Employee shall not file a claim about this case.
7. Employee shall bear the fees in getting the visa, extending the visa to be qualified to work and the fees occurred by emigration and immigration control.
Article 10 (Sick Leave and special leave)
1. Employee shall be entitled to a paid sick leave if an illness or injury prevents him/her from performing the duties under this contract. He/she shall obtain Employer's prior consent and he/she shall make up any classes he/she has missed.
2. When Employee takes a sick leave for two (2) or more calendar days, Employee shall submit a practicing doctor's medical report to Employer and his/her supervisor at the local school.
3. Employee's paid sick leave during the Term of Employment shall not exceed five (5) calendar days (inclusive of national holidays, Saturday, and Sunday). If Employee requires a sick leave for more than five (5) calendar days, Employee may take a further sick leave without pay.
4. Employee may take a Special Leave for a number of days as set forth below for each of the following events
Fourteen (14) calendar days for the death of Employee's parent, spouse, or child;
Seven (7) calendar days for the death of Employee's grandparents.
Special Leave of his/her school Principal's.
Article 11 (Guarantee of the Position and Insurance, Severance pay)
1. As long as Employee fulfills the conditions of Articles 6, 7, 8 and does not violate the rules of Article 13, his/her position is guaranteed during the contract period.
2. Medical Insurance: Employee will be covered by medical benefits under the Korean National Medical Insurance Union (KMIU), the Government Health Organization. The costs of this coverage will be borne half by Employer and half by Employee. Payments will be made by monthly deduction from Employee's salary. Coverage commences from the date of joining the KMIU.
3. Pension and other insurance will follow the Korean Labor Law. The premium of pension, calculated from the amount earned, will automatically be withdrawn from Employee's basic salary.
4. Severance pay will be paid within 14 days after the completion of the 12 month contract. The amount will be calculated according to the related law. Income tax for the severance pay will be deducted, abiding by the Law on Income Taxes. The amount calculated will be the mean of the last 3 months of you working there. So, if during your last 3 months, you rack up a bunch of OT you will get paid a larger severance than just your 2.150.
5. If Employee earns additional income other than the amount agreed by this contract, then that amount shall be reported in the Employees year-end tax return. At the end of the contract, or in April of the following year, the fee for the National Insurance will be re-calculated and deducted from/or returned to the Employees pay.
Article 12 (Resignation)
1. Employee shall perform the duties set forth under Article 3 hereof during the Term of Employment set forth under Article 1 hereof.
2. However, if Employee should desire to resign from Asan Office of Education and thereby terminate this Contract, he/she must give Employer a sixty (60) day prior written notice of resignation stating the date of and the reason for resignation.
In the case of Employee resignation during the contract period, the one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW shall not be paid to Employee.
Article 13 (Termination of the Contract)
1. Employer may terminate or cancel this Contract upon occurrence of any one of the following events:
If Employee violates the laws of the Republic of Korea.
If Employee fails to perform or unsatisfactorily perform any of the duties stipulated in this contract and/or shows delinquency that can cause difficulties in leading the class.
If Employee fails to perform his/her duties consecutively for a week or more without any excuse.
If any of the information provided in Employee's application is false or not
accurate.
Employer will have the right to dismiss Employee for past, or current conduct seriously jeopardizing any student or staff, or for past, or current criminal activity. In such instances, Employer has the right, under this agreement, to terminate the contract.
If it is determined that Employee is prevented from or incapable of performing his/her duties set forth in Article 3 hereof for a medical reason, whether it is a physical or psychological ailment. (If requested by Employer, Employee must be immediately available for a medical examination.)
If the sick leave used by Employee pursuant to Article 9 hereof exceeds thirty (30) days.
If Employee is not able to obtain the appropriate E-2 visa for teaching.
2. In the event that this Contract is terminated pursuant to the foregoing Clause 1, Employer shall pay Employee a prorated salary based on the number of days actually worked by Employee. In such event, Employee shall be responsible for the return flight to his/her home country. Employee's visa will subsequently be cancelled.
3. If Employee is sentenced to a term of imprisonment (or any other more severe penalty), Employer can terminate the contract.
4. If Employee does not respect the Articles of Association of the assigned school Educational Foundation or the regulations for non-tenure full-time contract instructors, or also if Employee does not perform any of the duties
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stipulated in this contract, the contract can be cancelled before the end of the contract period.
.
Article 14. (Covenants)
1. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not undertake any teaching duties or employment with any persons or organizations other than Employer without permission of the immigration office. Failure to comply with this article is cause for immediate termination of contract.
2. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not disclose teaching materials, syllabus details, or any other information relating to the academic program, whether verbally or in writing, to individuals or corporate entities not employed by Employer.
3. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that at all times during the term of this agreement or subsequent to the termination of this agreement, Employee will not use the name of Employer for business purposes or private gain, and will not represent or represent himself/herself as an authorized representative of Employer in Korea.
4. Employee understands and accepts that Employer has the rights to all books and materials developed by Employee during Employees employment and that Employee will not raise any kind of protest legally.
5. Orientation: Employee will arrive one week before the beginning of the semester and attend an orientation. Employee shall be well prepared before beginning of class. Is this paid orientation? If not, prepare on over 2 months of being here before you get your first pay check. Also, if your contract officially starts AFTER orientation, you will need to renew or extend your E2 before your contract is up. So remember that 11 months from now.
Article 15 (Merger Clause)
This agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This contract nullifies and voids previous contract(s) between the two parties. Any amendments to this agreement shall be done in writing and finalized in the same manner as this agreement and shall become a part hereto.
Article 16. (Indemnification Clause)
1. Employee will indemnify, and hold harmless, Employer from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the misconduct or negligence of Employee and or the Employee's surrogate.
2. Employee will hold harmless Employer and Employer's representatives from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the refusal by the government of Korea to permit entry to the Republic of Korea.
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Article 17 (Contract Renewal Conditions)
Employee should convey his/her desire to renew his/her contract in writing three months before the end of the contract period. Employer shall give written notice 2 months (60 days) before the end of the contract whether or not to renew the contract. This will be decided after carrying out an assessment based on the evaluation by the principle of the local school and the contracted university.
If Employer has not renewed the contract with the Employee at the end of the contract period, the last day of this contract becomes the resignation date automatically. No separate notice is given of the cancellation of the contract.
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Article 19 (Governing Law, Language and Venue)
1.The terms of this contract and the rights and obligation of the parties hereto shall be construed, interpreted and determined in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Korea.
2.The Governing language of the contract shall be Korean. The English translation of this Contract is made for the purpose of convenience.
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Article 20 (Signature)
In witness whereof, the parties hereto sign the Contract in duplicate on the date entered below with each party retaining one copy. The local school and the contracted university will keep photocopies of the original contract.
Article 21 (in addition)
For the matters not stated in this contract, the Asan Office of Education personnel affairs-related rules for teaching staff shall be followed. For other matters, the Employer will gather opinions from the contracted university and decide.
_______________________________ _________________________________
(Employer's signature) (Employee's signature)
_______________________________ __________________________________
¥ (Date) ¥ (Date)
<Appendix I> 翡 ϴ ǰ
The sample inventory of the appliances and furniture provided by Employer
(Refrigerator) / Ź (Washing machine)/ (Gas range)/ ħ (Single size bed)/ Ź2ο (dining table) / 2(Two chairs) /(Drawers)


Phew. That vacation info is very confusing. I'm not sure if you are getting 9 weeks of vacation plus 6 weeks of doing camps. Or if you are getting 3 weeks of vacation and doing 6 weeks of camps. 9+6 seems like a lot of time off of regular classes. But if it is including national holidays I guess it makes sense. I didn't see anything about them buying your plane ticket to get to Korea. The housing needs to be clarified.

Hours are great.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:52 am    Post subject: Re: My contract Reply with quote

Vetter wrote:


- 1
Employment Contract
The following are the contract conditions between the Superintendent of (referred to below as "---------Employer") and-------------(referred to below as the Assistant English Teacher (AET)" or "Employee").
Article 2 (Position) Full-time Assistant English Teacher (AET) for the Asan Office of Education
Article 3 (Duties) Employee shall perform the following duties:
1. Teach the English language and other related subjects:
2. Prepare teaching materials for English class(es):
3. Assist with the development of teaching materials related to English language education;
4. Support activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities within the place of employment;
5. Teach alongside Korean Professors (teachers) with their class(es) and/or jointly conduct the class(es);
6. Perform other duties as designated by Employer including various English programs in the local school or the contracted university.
Article 4 (Supervision) Employee shall carry out the duties set forth in the foregoing Article 3 pursuant to and under specific instruction and supervision of the supervisor of the work place designated by Employer. Employee agrees that the XXXXX shall be entrusted the position of Employer and will manage: all visa processing matters related to the immigration office, supervising and educating the assistant English teachers, and paying airfare and other expenses.
1. Salary: The Employer will pay Employee a monthly salary of ___2,150,000______ KRW for the 12 months of the contract. The salary will be deposited to the Employees bank account on the 25th of each month. (Period per month: from 1st to 30th (31st ) Be prepared to have a long delay in your first pay check. If you start on the 1st and then finish the first month, you won't get paid until the 25th of your second month. Plan ahead and bring extra money with you.
2. In accordance with Korean National Pension Act, the pension amount will be withdrawn from your basic salary. The pension contributions are fully refunded when Employee leaves Korea.It should mention here that the employer is also contributing their end of the 50%.
3. Transportation allowance: 100,000 KRW/month will be paid during the academic period. However, this amount may differ according to the location of the school. Well what is it exactly?
4. Travel allowance: A one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW will be paid at the end of the final contract period. Is this for the exiting airfare or both incoming and outgoing?
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Article 6 (Housing)
1. Employer or the contracted university shall provide Employee with housing selected by Employer or the contracted university. Housing selected by Employer or the contracted university may include, but not limited to, a leased house, a studio-type room, a dormitory room, or an apartment. Any and all fees, such as utilities, etc. incurred in using the housing shall be borne by Employee. That is very vague on housing. You want single housing (usually off campus) Although some dorms can be nice. You usually want a little space between you and your employer.
2. If Employee does not use the housing provided by Employer or the contracted university, Employer will provide 250,000 KRW per month. 250,000 is pretty much useless for paying for your own apartment. Go with the provided housing. Which you need to get more info on.
3. Employee shall live in the Asan-Cheonan area.
4. Employer or the contracted university may provide temporary housing until the appropriate housing for Employee becomes available. What is with the housing and this school?
5. After discussing with the Employee, Employer shall decide whether to provide Employee with housing or a rent subsidy. Once decided, Employer's decision shall be binding for the contract period, and if possible, shall not be subsequently changed during the term of Employment.
6. If the Employer or the contracted university provides the housing, Employer will provide appliances and furniture stated in <appendix 1> and Employee shall not be entitled to any other things except those stated in <appendix 1>. Employee shall be responsible to manage and to repair the items provided. No. If they give you a 15 year old fridge and it breaks. It is not your responsibility.
Article 7 (Common Duties)
1. Employee shall earnestly perform his/her duties in relation to education and guidance of the students with responsibility and creativity, while demonstrating character and behavior that observe the local school's regulations. Employee shall cooperate actively for the development of the schools in the Asan area.
2. Employee shall be responsible for attending all meetings and seminars called by Employer, the administrator of the contracted university, the principle, or the supervisor of the local school. This shall be done without any additional allowance.
3. The requests made by the students should be considered and included in the subsequent class. Employee should also make the very most effort to develop the contents of his/her classes and should participate sincerely in all meetings called by his/her supervisor for the improvement of the classes.
Article 8 (Required hours of teaching and vacations)
1. Employee shall work 9am to 4pm per day, and is required to teach 20 hours per week. During the school year, Employee will have regular classes 36 weeks a year (5 days a week), out of 52 weeks a year. That's really good.
Employee is required to participate in camps held by the Asan Office of Education, school camps, or the contracted university's programs. Employee will be guaranteed 9 week vacation a year (including Saturdays and Sundays) during the summer and winter vacations. Nice vacation.
2. During the vacation, Employee will participate in the contracted camps held by the Asan Office of Education, university's program or the school camps for up to 6 weeks a year without any additional allowance. In other words, Employee shall agree that the monthly salary includes the payment for the hours worked in the contracted university's program and programs held by the Asan Office of Education for up to 6 weeks. So are these camps done during your paid vacation? I'm a little confused here.
3. Employee shall be guaranteed 9 weeks (including annual holidays) paid vacation a year. Employee shall plan his/her personal vacation in accordance with the AOE, the local school, and the contracted university's camp schedule during vacations. Employee shall inform Employer in writing (Vacation request Form) at least one month before the planned vacation.
4. During the leave, if Employee exits the country, he/she must inform Employer, and the local school ahead of time and Employee will follow the Immigration Control Law for the visa. But Employee shall use the leave during the vacation and shall be in the country at least 7 days before the first day of the semester to prepare for classes.
5. In the event that Employee is absent from class due to personal reasons, the amount of pay for the hours missed will be subtracted from the Employees salary. The annual salary of Employee may be decreased as punishment. So even if it is approved or a legitimate excuse, you might get your pay docked and then take a PERMANENT hit on pay? That's a little harsh.
6. If there is an after-school program, Employee shall agree to teach. Payment for the program will be paid separately. If Employees actual weekly teaching hours
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exceed twenty hours, employee will be paid at the rate of 25,000 KRW for each hour of overtime. So you can't decline OT if you don't want it?
Article 9 (Codes of Conduct)
1. Employee shall faithfully observe his/her school Principal's, Director of the contracted university and Employer's requests about his/her duties defined in this Contract.
2. Employer shall evaluate Employee's performance of official duties.
3. Employee shall devote his/her full working hours and occupational attention to the defined duties in these terms and conditions, except for cases specially provided.
4. Employee shall not damage or tarnish the reputation of the teaching profession. Employee shall comply with and observe the codes of conduct of Korea teachers.
5. Employee shall not be employed or involved in other paid business (including part-time jobs) without Employer's permission.
6. If Employee has a contagious disease or other illness as set out in the following items, Employer may prevent Employee from performing duties.
When concerns exist that Employee has a contagious disease and is not taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
When concerns exist that working will significantly worsen the disease from which Employee suffers.
If Employee is affected by a disease designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
In the case of items 1, 2, and 3 above, the contract will be terminated immediately if Employee is diagnosed by a medical doctor with a problem that
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requires more than one month of rest and recovery. Employee shall not file a claim about this case.
7. Employee shall bear the fees in getting the visa, extending the visa to be qualified to work and the fees occurred by emigration and immigration control.
Article 10 (Sick Leave and special leave)
1. Employee shall be entitled to a paid sick leave if an illness or injury prevents him/her from performing the duties under this contract. He/she shall obtain Employer's prior consent and he/she shall make up any classes he/she has missed.
2. When Employee takes a sick leave for two (2) or more calendar days, Employee shall submit a practicing doctor's medical report to Employer and his/her supervisor at the local school.
3. Employee's paid sick leave during the Term of Employment shall not exceed five (5) calendar days (inclusive of national holidays, Saturday, and Sunday). If Employee requires a sick leave for more than five (5) calendar days, Employee may take a further sick leave without pay.
4. Employee may take a Special Leave for a number of days as set forth below for each of the following events
Fourteen (14) calendar days for the death of Employee's parent, spouse, or child;
Seven (7) calendar days for the death of Employee's grandparents.
Special Leave of his/her school Principal's.
Article 11 (Guarantee of the Position and Insurance, Severance pay)
1. As long as Employee fulfills the conditions of Articles 6, 7, 8 and does not violate the rules of Article 13, his/her position is guaranteed during the contract period.
2. Medical Insurance: Employee will be covered by medical benefits under the Korean National Medical Insurance Union (KMIU), the Government Health Organization. The costs of this coverage will be borne half by Employer and half by Employee. Payments will be made by monthly deduction from Employee's salary. Coverage commences from the date of joining the KMIU.
3. Pension and other insurance will follow the Korean Labor Law. The premium of pension, calculated from the amount earned, will automatically be withdrawn from Employee's basic salary.
4. Severance pay will be paid within 14 days after the completion of the 12 month contract. The amount will be calculated according to the related law. Income tax for the severance pay will be deducted, abiding by the Law on Income Taxes. The amount calculated will be the mean of the last 3 months of you working there. So, if during your last 3 months, you rack up a bunch of OT you will get paid a larger severance than just your 2.150.
5. If Employee earns additional income other than the amount agreed by this contract, then that amount shall be reported in the Employees year-end tax return. At the end of the contract, or in April of the following year, the fee for the National Insurance will be re-calculated and deducted from/or returned to the Employees pay.
Article 12 (Resignation)
1. Employee shall perform the duties set forth under Article 3 hereof during the Term of Employment set forth under Article 1 hereof.
2. However, if Employee should desire to resign from Asan Office of Education and thereby terminate this Contract, he/she must give Employer a sixty (60) day prior written notice of resignation stating the date of and the reason for resignation.
In the case of Employee resignation during the contract period, the one-time travel allowance of 1,000,000 KRW shall not be paid to Employee.
Article 13 (Termination of the Contract)
1. Employer may terminate or cancel this Contract upon occurrence of any one of the following events:
If Employee violates the laws of the Republic of Korea.
If Employee fails to perform or unsatisfactorily perform any of the duties stipulated in this contract and/or shows delinquency that can cause difficulties in leading the class.
If Employee fails to perform his/her duties consecutively for a week or more without any excuse.
If any of the information provided in Employee's application is false or not
accurate.
Employer will have the right to dismiss Employee for past, or current conduct seriously jeopardizing any student or staff, or for past, or current criminal activity. In such instances, Employer has the right, under this agreement, to terminate the contract.
If it is determined that Employee is prevented from or incapable of performing his/her duties set forth in Article 3 hereof for a medical reason, whether it is a physical or psychological ailment. (If requested by Employer, Employee must be immediately available for a medical examination.)
If the sick leave used by Employee pursuant to Article 9 hereof exceeds thirty (30) days.
If Employee is not able to obtain the appropriate E-2 visa for teaching.
2. In the event that this Contract is terminated pursuant to the foregoing Clause 1, Employer shall pay Employee a prorated salary based on the number of days actually worked by Employee. In such event, Employee shall be responsible for the return flight to his/her home country. Employee's visa will subsequently be cancelled.
3. If Employee is sentenced to a term of imprisonment (or any other more severe penalty), Employer can terminate the contract.
4. If Employee does not respect the Articles of Association of the assigned school Educational Foundation or the regulations for non-tenure full-time contract instructors, or also if Employee does not perform any of the duties
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stipulated in this contract, the contract can be cancelled before the end of the contract period.
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Article 14. (Covenants)
1. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not undertake any teaching duties or employment with any persons or organizations other than Employer without permission of the immigration office. Failure to comply with this article is cause for immediate termination of contract.
2. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that he/she will not disclose teaching materials, syllabus details, or any other information relating to the academic program, whether verbally or in writing, to individuals or corporate entities not employed by Employer.
3. Employee hereby agrees and covenants that at all times during the term of this agreement or subsequent to the termination of this agreement, Employee will not use the name of Employer for business purposes or private gain, and will not represent or represent himself/herself as an authorized representative of Employer in Korea.
4. Employee understands and accepts that Employer has the rights to all books and materials developed by Employee during Employees employment and that Employee will not raise any kind of protest legally.
5. Orientation: Employee will arrive one week before the beginning of the semester and attend an orientation. Employee shall be well prepared before beginning of class. Is this paid orientation? If not, prepare on over 2 months of being here before you get your first pay check. Also, if your contract officially starts AFTER orientation, you will need to renew or extend your E2 before your contract is up. So remember that 11 months from now.
Article 15 (Merger Clause)
This agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This contract nullifies and voids previous contract(s) between the two parties. Any amendments to this agreement shall be done in writing and finalized in the same manner as this agreement and shall become a part hereto.
Article 16. (Indemnification Clause)
1. Employee will indemnify, and hold harmless, Employer from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the misconduct or negligence of Employee and or the Employee's surrogate.
2. Employee will hold harmless Employer and Employer's representatives from any damages which Employee may sustain, in any manner, through the refusal by the government of Korea to permit entry to the Republic of Korea.
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Article 17 (Contract Renewal Conditions)
Employee should convey his/her desire to renew his/her contract in writing three months before the end of the contract period. Employer shall give written notice 2 months (60 days) before the end of the contract whether or not to renew the contract. This will be decided after carrying out an assessment based on the evaluation by the principle of the local school and the contracted university.
If Employer has not renewed the contract with the Employee at the end of the contract period, the last day of this contract becomes the resignation date automatically. No separate notice is given of the cancellation of the contract.
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Article 19 (Governing Law, Language and Venue)
1.The terms of this contract and the rights and obligation of the parties hereto shall be construed, interpreted and determined in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Korea.
2.The Governing language of the contract shall be Korean. The English translation of this Contract is made for the purpose of convenience.
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Article 20 (Signature)
In witness whereof, the parties hereto sign the Contract in duplicate on the date entered below with each party retaining one copy. The local school and the contracted university will keep photocopies of the original contract.
Article 21 (in addition)
For the matters not stated in this contract, the Asan Office of Education personnel affairs-related rules for teaching staff shall be followed. For other matters, the Employer will gather opinions from the contracted university and decide.
_______________________________ _________________________________
(Employer's signature) (Employee's signature)
_______________________________ __________________________________
¥ (Date) ¥ (Date)
<Appendix I> 翡 ϴ ǰ
The sample inventory of the appliances and furniture provided by Employer
(Refrigerator) / Ź (Washing machine)/ (Gas range)/ ħ (Single size bed)/ Ź2ο (dining table) / 2(Two chairs) /(Drawers)


Phew. That vacation info is very confusing. I'm not sure if you are getting 9 weeks of vacation plus 6 weeks of doing camps. Or if you are getting 3 weeks of vacation and doing 6 weeks of camps. 9+6 seems like a lot of time off of regular classes. But if it is including national holidays I guess it makes sense. I didn't see anything about them buying your plane ticket to get to Korea. The housing needs to be clarified.

Hours are great.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey JRWhite, thanks for the input.

I realize I have a long wait before my first pay check. I plan to bring enough money to last 2 months.

The orientation is not mandatory, so they say. I will have housing during orientation. This may not be too bad. I need to find out how many hours orientation is each day. I plan to get myself setled in that week.

I never thought about the appliance age issue. thanks for your opened eyes.

I am happy with the hours, especially because anything over this will give me OT. I am hoping to get alot of OT.

I understand the vacation as 9 weeks guaranteed. Added to the 36 week school year this tiotals 45 weeks. There is still another 7 week free of which I am sure the camps come into play. The vacation is what solidified this deal for me. I was offered other jobs. I need to come back to the US at least once or twice this year. I took a pay cut. But hey, 9 weeks paid?

Do you know if it is possible to get a 13 month visa. I expect to get my E-2 number from immigration tommorrow and then plan to send off everything to the Korean Embassey in San Francisco this week. I am applying for a multi entry visa. I hope I can get 13 months. Otherwise, yes I will need an extension next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am posting a contract and would like some feedback.
Job is from March 1st to last day of Feb.
Much appreciated!


Name of Teacher:_____________________________________________
Country of Citizenship:_________________________________________
Date of Birth:_________________________________________________
Passport Number:______________________________________________
Position:_____________________________________________________

1. Introduction
This agreement is made on ____________(month) __________ (date) __________ (year) by and between Blah Elementary (hereinafter, the School), having its address at [school address] and _______________, hereinafter, the Teacher).

The agreement related to official working days will begin on ___________ (month) ___________ (date) __________ (year) and end on ___________ (month) ___________ (date) __________ (year).

Duration: One-Year Initials________________

If the above agreement related to official working days is for a two-year period, the employee will be entitled to raises (through performance evaluations and time worked) and other bonuses that are outlined in the employee handbook. Should the employee opt for a one-year contract he or she will not be eligible for raises.
Signing a two-year contract, does not supersede the one-year visa sponsorship as required by Korean Immigration, and all visa responsibilities will apply, but does show a good faith partnership and allows Blah to give employee job security and applicable raises for the second year.
Employees advancing their credentials during the contract year will be eligible for increased salary for the next contract year.

2. Standard of Conduct
The teacher agrees to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this agreement and School policies & regulations, staff service rules and school education philosophy as provided and set forth by the Board of Directors of the School and/or the School Principal. During the term hereof, the Teacher shall not be employed or engaged in commercial activity with any other institution, without expressed written consent from the employer.
The teacher is expected to devote time to improve the program and help to put together comprehensive planning for lessons, student evaluations, reporting, consultation with parents or co-homeroom teacher, supervision of play, maintenance of the English environment during workshops, teachers meetings and upgrading ones professional knowledge and skills.
The teacher is responsible for familiarizing himself or herself with all school materials relevant to teaching at the School. The teacher shall faithfully teach and train students at the assigned grade level(s) designated by the school and follow the curriculum.

3. Working Hours
The standard working hours of employees is from 8:20 until 5:00 pm, Monday Friday. (Teacher should leave after 5pm.)
All the lesson plans for the following day need to be finished from 4pm to 5pm. If the teachers will be out for the afternoon bus duties, then planning time will be from 8:20am to 9:20am. Teacher should be in the classroom by 9am every morning.
There are however 3-4 Saturdays and 3-4 other mandatory after school events such as PTA functions or school dinners that are also required in addition to regular teaching duties that will be noted on the calendar or an advanced notice will be given to employees in time to make preparations.
There are field trips for students twice a month. Because of that, teaching schedule could be changed but the hours will remain same.

4. Salary and Other Compensation and Deductions
The teachers total monthly compensation shall be 2.3 million won for completion of work and required responsibilities, which are described in this contract.
A single apartment with basic furnishings (no internet or telephone) in the Blah Blah Teachers building.
If the Teacher lives in the Blah Teacher Building, there is a 100,000 won per month utilities stipend per apartment.
The school will match the employees pension contribution at a 50/50 split.
National Medical Insurance will be provided and the cost will be a 50/50 split in relations to the monthly premium.
Taxes will be deducted (5% estimated) from employees monthly salary in accordance with Korean Tax laws.
An additional 750,000 KRW, will be given to the employee as a travel stipend to cover some of the expenses of travel over the vacations upon contract completion on a per year basis.
The monthly salary is based on a calendar month, not the monthly teaching session.
Teachers will be paid for all observed Korean National holidays
Vacations are given and further outlined in section nine (9).
A yearly severance equal to one months salary will be paid to the employee for the successful completion of a one-year contract.
Teachers are expected to participate in Blah English Camps, which occur during the summer and winter breaks.

5) Dress Code
The dress code at Blah during the normal working hours will be business casual. This means; clothing that reveals too much cleavage, back, chest, feet, stomach or underwear is not appropriate. In addition, torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable and all seams must be finished. Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to other employees/students should not be worn. Hats in the classroom are not permitted, but are allowed outside or while on outdoor field trips. Piercings should be kept to a minimum and tattoos should not be visible.
If clothing or appearance fails to meet the outlined standards, the IP Director, Assistant Director, Principal, or Vice-Principal will instruct the employee to not wear the clothing again and/or immediately remedy the situation by instructing the employee to put on additional clothing or change their appearance, i.e. remove a hat, earrings, or piercing, put on a necktie, cover immodest clothing, etc. If the problem reoccurs, the employee will receive a verbal warning and could be sent home to change clothes resulting in a leave-without-pay. Continued violations will result in Progressive Disciplinary Measures.

There are also times at Blah when professional attire should be worn. Administration will notify staff of times when professional attire should be worn.
Men: Wear nice dress pants that are clean and pressed with a buttoned up shirt and tie.
Women: Wear pantsuit or a skirt (knee length or below) with a sweater set or nice blouse.

6) Progressive Disciplinary Measures
Blah hires its employees in good faith and hopes that no employee ever has to enter into progressive disciplinary actions; however when employees do not follow the rules, standards, and obligations set forth for all, the measures provide a course of action. The professional disciplinary measures are in place for actions that are habitually reoccurring, a violation of agreed standards, and that take away from the quality and continuity of the Program. However, these actions do not apply if employees are involved in instances of gross misconduct, neglect of duties, disrespect, or actions that are harmful to the reputation of the school or the wellbeing of the staff/students at Blah. Those actions can be cause for immediate termination.
The progressive disciplinary measures will be as follows:

Progressive Disciplinary Steps

1. Verbal Warning employee is verbally warned not to do said action again.
2. Verbal Written Reprimand- employee is verbally reprimanded and the director writes up a summary of the occurrence and employee signs the document acknowledging the offence.
3. Second Verbal Written Reprimand- employee is verbally reprimanded and the director writes up a summary of the second occurrence and employee signs the document acknowledging the offense.
4. Suspension Suspension (unpaid) could be one to three (1-3) days depending on the severity of the incident. The director writes up a summary of the incident and employee signs the document acknowledging its occurrence. Suspensions and Sick-Day remuneration are not related and one does not negate the other, but all bonuses/remunerations will be lost upon termination.

5. Termination- The employee will be terminated with the specifications of the employment contract. Any monies owed to the school for not completing the contract will be deducted from the final salary. The employee would be responsible for repayment of housing or other monies dispersed to the employee, non-returned teaching resources, and accountable for the expense of replacing the teacher. A terminated employee will vacate the Blah housing on the date set forth by the school.
Employees can be terminated if employee has a series of second verbal written reprimands in conjunction with a suspension or commits an act that prevents the employee from working with Blah Elementary.

7) Sick Days
The employee will be allowed to have 3 paid days of sick leave in addition to the vacation below. However, such sick leave shall be acceptable only with doctors prescription/proof of office visit and at least a day prior notice(exception of emergency case) to the employer (Kinder. Principal). Employee will call Principal at home/cell phone, and also follow up with an email to denote time and second method of contact.
Taking sick leave without such prescription/proof of visit and prior notice will be counted as an unexcused absence; 120,000 won will be deducted per occurrence and will be deducted from the employees monthly salary. Employee will be issued a verbal warning. Any occurrences thereafter will result in progressive disciplinary actions. Leave without pay may not exceed (3) days per school year.
Doctors excuses will not be accepted if the employee calls in sick the day before or the day after a holiday or in between two (2) opposing holidays. This leave will be regarded as unexcused absence; therefore, 120,000won will be deducted from the salary for each unexcused absence occurrence. This clause may be overturned if employee was in the hospital and can provide proof for one or more of the two opposing days.
** However, if the employee does not use any of his or her sick days he/she will receive a bonus (be paid for unused sick days) in the sum of 360,000 won. Also, in addition, if the employee reports to school and administration deems the employee is unfit to work (via our school nurse) and the employee goes to the doctor, the employee will have his/her bonus deducted at the cost of 120,000 won per occurrence, until bonus and sick days have expired. This means that if the employee comes to the school and makes an effort to do his or her job they will not be penalized and still receive partial remuneration, but failure to do so in any of the aforementioned instances will negate the bonus structure. The employee will still have sick days but remuneration will not be provided. This clause may be overturned if the employee was in the hospital and valid proof is issued.

Cool Tardiness
Tardiness is something that is highly looked down upon at Blah Elementary. While it is understandable that employees will be tardy from time to time for various reasons, all measures should be taken to prevent its occurrence. If employees tardiness becomes an issue, a verbal warning will be issued. All occurrences thereafter will result in progressive disciplinary procedures.

9) Vacation
Blah Elementary follows the same one break per semester as the Korean Ministry of Education. This means that employees will have one break during the Spring/Summer semester and one break during the fall/winter semester. These breaks are usually 4/5 weeks long, and are noted on the Blah School calendar.
Teachers are allowed to leave the country on his or her first day of vacation and enjoy the vacation in its entirely, but if SMOE (Seoul Ministry of Education) issues a mandate due to epidemics (communicable influenzas or other) employees could be required to be physically back in Korea five (5) days before the start of classes. This policy has been adopted from the beginning of the 2010/2011 school year. This policy adoption was instated after the Korean Ministry of Education issued a mandate requiring teachers/employees to be quarantined for seven days due to the H1N1 (swine influenza). If this mandate occurs, employees are required to report to work and fill out a travel form that denotes where the employee went on his or vacation. The employee is not required to work and enjoy the remainder of his or her vacation. This form applies to all employees regardless if the employee left the country or not.

10) Visa Requirements and Obligations
Blah does offer assistance with acquiring visa and proper documentation in terms of paperwork or translation, but does not offer financial assistance or reimbursement for monies paid to the Korean Government for fees related to visa or other required documentation. In addition, it is the employees responsibility to maintain up to date visa status/documentation. For example, change of address, marriage status, dependents, etcIf these documents are not accurate and updated, it could result in progressive disciplinary measures up to and including termination from employment contract.

11) Violation of the Agreement/Early Termination
The School shall have the right to terminate this agreement if the Teacher violates this agreement or fails to conduct himself/herself in a professional manner. At least 30 days termination notice will be given to the teacher in such a case. In the case the Teacher violates the term of this agreement, they will be responsible for compensating the School for all possible losses. The School will determine the final judgment.
If the teacher decides to terminate this agreement for reasons related to this contract or due to a medical condition. The employee has to give the employer a 30-day notice by a written letter of resignation outlining the reasons. Any monies that may be owed to the school will be taken out of the employees final salary.

12) Code of Conduct for Teacher and Specialty Staff
The lists below are duties and obligations that Blah Elementary has outlined for its staff to adhere to while they are employed at Blah Elementary. The failure to do so will result in a verbal warning followed by progressive disciplinary actions as outlined in this contract. This list does not define conduct in its entirety and should other situations arise, that are not on this list, progressive disciplinary measures will still be applicable at the discretion of the administration.

Teachers and Employees of Blah Elementary should:
Plan for class accordingly and meet all deadlines set forth by administration
Give homework as seen fit in accordance with objectives and provide appropriate feedback
Report to work in a timely manner
Dress according to the dress code
Limit his or her times behind the desk so as to maximize instruction
Meet with parents to facilitate and maximize students learning potential
Work in conjunction with his or her co-teacher and work in a harmonious nature to provide maximum benefit to the students
Be respectful of other cultures and their learning styles and environments
Act in the interest of education and the facility that provides that education
Limit the time videos are watched in classrooms; even if for instructional purposes
Preview sites with the screen off before displaying media to students
Maintain classroom in a clean and orderly manner
Encourage students to follow the rules set forth by the school and promote safety in the school
Work out a playground supervision schedule with other same grade teachers to ensure playground safety
Respect the property of the students and other staff
Maintain a safe learning environment
Change shoes to proper indoor shoes as is done by all teachers and students
Maintain a professional demeanor at all times
Clock in and clock out
Provide receipts for Drs visits
Turn in lesson plans, report cards, newsletters, and progress reports on time
Be on time for meetings
Use proper and appropriate tone of voice both in the class and in school spaces.
Keep emergency contact information and travel information on file with Director before vacations
Be available for Parent Teacher Conferences that may occur outside the normal working schedule
Attend Blah events including events sponsored by IL Gwang

Teachers and Employees of Blah Elementary should not:
Punish a student outside what has been prescribed by Blah Elementary
Enter into a physical relationship with a student
Allow students to sit is his or her lap
Cause any intentional harm both physical or mental to a student or staff member
Damage the reputation of Blah Elementary
Make comments that are suggestive or derogatory to students or staff
Show any video that depicts graphic violence or sexual situations
Smoke on campus
Drink alcoholic beverages before or during class, or during break times
Curse or swear at a student in any language
Make references to other cultures as being inferior or substandard
Download software that is not applicable to teaching or may interfere with the operation of the computer
Remove virus protection that was installed by Blah
Chat using any kind of messaging software during or while classes are being conducted
Argue with co-workers in an open workspace
Eat during staff meetings
Receive or make personal telephone calls during class time
Post or forward co-workers emails without the writers permission
Post school information or information about staff or students on social network sites
Keep school materials or students paperwork at home without the Directors knowledge
Use staff meetings as a forum for personal issues

13) Applicable Law
Both parties, School and Teacher, have carefully read this agreement. They have agreed to its terms in good faith. They will attempt to resolve any disputes, which may arise in accordance with the terms of the agreement in a reasonable manner. All disputes, which cannot be resolved by the parties to this agreement, will be resolved through the legal systems of Korea in accordance with Korean law.

14) Duty of Confidentiality
The teacher shall not disclose any of the contents of this agreement, including salary, to a third party (including other employees of the School).The teacher shall not disclose any information in relation to the contents of the lectures or business operations of the School without prior permission from the School.

15) Hand Book
While this contract does outline some of the basics of the day-to-day operations, it does not supersede, but works in conjunction with the handbook that is given to employees.

Name of Employer: _________________________________________________
Signature:_________________________________________________________
Name of School: Blah Elementary

Name of Employee: ___________________________________________
Signature: ___________________________________________________
Address:____________________________________________________
Date Contract Finalized _________________________________________________



My thoughts:

- It doesn't state the amount of hours per week. Also doesn't state the number of classes per day/week.
- Nothing about overtime
- This job is 6 weeks vacation (learned that in interview). But under 4) it says Teacher expected to participate in English Camps which occur DURING the summer and winter breaks? WTF?! That isn't a vacation
- 15) says there is a "handbook" I'm given when I work there. Not a huge deal, but couldn't that mean it could override the contract? Isn't that what it's basically saying?
- Doesn't state the day when payday is
- They said "no more than 5 saturdays (unpaid)" during the interview, but that contract says it COULD be up to 8.

Anyways, what do you think? Thank you
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