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Samsung gets serious about fighting overwork

Conglomerate to broaden flextime options in face of South Korea overtime cap

Some Samsung factory workers would have their hours adjusted so as not to exceed the new national 52-hour week -- when averaged out over three-month periods.

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics will let workers set their own schedules as long as they meet monthly minimums on hours, seeking both to improve the work environment and comply with incoming pro-labor laws.

The South Korean semiconductor and smartphone giant will put the policy into effect from July, to coincide with the legal changes. Office workers and developers will be able to work whatever hours they like so long as the monthly tally equates to an average of 40 hours per week, the company said on May 29. For instance, an employee tackling a major project who worked 60 hours the first two weeks of the month could then work just 20 hours in weeks three and four.

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