Wednesday, May 14, 2008

[The Hankyoreh, April 22 2008] Can employees be dismissed via e-mail?

Labor Relations Commission says ‘no’ in new ruling

A person identified as Lee who was employed as a software salesman in Seoul received a dismissal notice via e-mail from his company at the end of last year, just four months after he got the job. The company did not give any reason for his dismissal, so Lee submitted a petition to the Seoul District Labor Relations Commission for unfair dismissal.

The commission ruled in February that dismissing someone via e-mail cannot be considered written notice, the commission said on April 21. The commission also ruled Lee’s dismissal invalid because the company did not give any reasons for its decision.

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