Female employees receive 90 days of maternity leave in South Korea, or 120 days for twins or multiple births. Female employees are required to use at least 45 consecutive days of maternity leave after the birth, or 60 days in the case of twins or multiple births. Employees receive 100% of their salary while on leave. The leave is paid for by the company or employment insurance fund depending on the company’s size. Generally, the employer pays for the first 60 days. Female employees are also entitled to leave for medical appointments during the pregnancy. Female employees who are mothers to children below one year of age receive a break of at least 30 minutes twice in a workday to breastfeed.
Male employees receive 10 days of paid paternity leave in South Korea. The paternity leave must be requested within 90 days of the birth.