The ministry said that the government will decide whether to legalize the hiring of foreign nationals as domestic workers, after a new law aimed at improving the working conditions of domestic workers in general is enacted. This timeline means that the decision will be made next year at the earliest. A bill to establish the new law was approved in the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee on April 29 and is expected to be put to a vote during the Assembly plenary session at the end of the month. If the bill is approved, the law will take effect after a year. The new law is designed to bring Korea’s existing approximately 600,000 domestic workers, who have been unable to receive proper protections, into the law’s purview as regular workers, so that they can be categorized as wage laborers, as well as guaranteed annual paid leave, severance pay and the four major types of insurance.