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Government announces rule changes to come in 2nd half of 2014
Updated: 2014-06-30 10:30:12 KST


The government on Sunday issued a list of changes to 160-regulations and systems in 27 government departments.
The list will be posted and distributed on central, local and municipal government websites starting Monday, and the changes will take effect in the second half of the year.
The changes cover pensions for the elderly, more leave for working moms and harsher punishments for child abusers.

One of the changes is related to data collection, and follows a series of major security breaches in recent months.
The new rule bans public institutions and private enterprises from illegally collecting citizens' identification numbers.
Institutions with security breaches will be fined up to 5-hundred-thousand U.S. dollars, even if the data was collected legally.
Another change has to do with the pension system.
Elderly people over the age of 65 who are in the lower 70 percent income bracket will be granted a maximum basic pension of nearly 2-hundred U.S. dollars a month starting in August.

In the legal sector
Starting in late September, child abusers will face stronger punishments.
A child abuse victim will be isolated from his or her assailant, and for the first time child abuse victims will be provided with legal counsel, previously only allowed for adult victims of sexual violence.
Working women juggling home and work life who are the mothers of twins will be granted 30 extra days of maternity leave, giving them a four-month break.

And in the agriculture sector
Area of origin labeling for pork will be enforced to ensure safe distribution and improve epidemics prevention efforts.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

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