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I am working for a U.S. contracting company providing maintenance to the U.S. Military overseas. We are specifically working on a U.S. Army Camp in South Korea. Is it legal for the company to force its workers to work 68 hours per week,12 Monday thru Friday, and 8 on Saturday with straight pay?

Asked on August 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Labor laws are local: you are covered by the labor laws of the state or, in this case, country in which you work, regardless of where your pay comes from or where you pay taxes, unless you have a written employment contract which by its terms specifies that you are under a different country's (e.g. the U.S.'s) laws. Therefore, in the absence of such a contract, you are covered by Korean labor laws, and need to consult a Korean attorney.

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