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boss gave different contract to immigration, is this legal?

 
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drei45



Joined: 28 Jun 2012

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: boss gave different contract to immigration, is this legal? Reply with quote

My partner and I work at the same hagwon. When our director was filing for our ARCs at Immigration we noticed she gave them a copy of a contract that we had never seen or signed, with a significantly higher salary listed. It's been 4 months of long days that we could nonetheless put up with, but now with the new year she's started to try and add hours and cut breaks in way that even the Korean teachers are disgusted with (3 of them left last week and she hasn't hired enough to make up for the extra classes). If we get a copy of the contract she gave to Immigration can we pressure her into meeting our demands by threatening to take it to the Labor Board to compare it to what we're actually working/getting paid, or is this a ridiculous notion that won't work in Korea?
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furtakk



Joined: 02 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about the legal side of things, but immigration will have a copy on hand. If you're in Seoul, I believe the documents office is on the 7th floor.
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The contract submitted to Immigration is the legal one. They should have a copy of it for you if you request one.
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Captain Corea



Joined: 28 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How legal is it if it isn't signed...

I wonder.
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OP, there may also be contract language changes in the phony submitted contract.


Captain Corea wrote:
How legal is it if it isn't signed...

I wonder.


You're supposed to initial each page and sign on the signature page. If a hagwon owner is that sleazy odds are the phony contract was also submitted with fake signatures, and that they've gotten away with it in the past. Immigration is so busy they just take the paperwork, glance at the signature page, stamp and seal everything and yell "next."
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