Coronavirus Update for Employers in South Korea

coronavirus update for employers in South KoreaMultinational employers with employees in South Korea should know that South Korean public health insurance covers health care expenses related to COVID-19. Private insurance covers any additional health care costs employees might incur. Also, claims processing happens the same way for personal and group insurance for both in-patient and out-patient care.

Health care

  • The government is putting a great effort to prevent more coronavirus confirmed patients by designating screening clinics where they can receive coronavirus tests, and carry out anti epidemic sterilization where the confirmed coronavirus patient has visited.
  • If a person has the coronavirus they are transported to COVID-19 designated hospitals and get treated in an isolations area.
  • The government is doing contact tracing.

Sick leave

  • Most companies in Korea have a sick leave policy.
  • Some companies (e.g. hotels, airlines) use unpaid leave because sales and employee working hours decreased sharply in the wake of COVID-19

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This coronavirus update for employers in South Korea is provided by EB Incorporation, Asinta’s Partner in South Korea.