When workers get injured on way to and from the restaurants nearby their workplaces for the meal, they will be compensated for the injuries as the work-related accidents.
The Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service(KCOMWEL) on Jun. 10 announced that a new guideline will be implemented from Jun. 11 that when workers get injured on way to the restaurants nearby the workplaces during meal breaks or way back to the workplaces after the meal, the injuries will be considered as the work-related accidents.
Up until now, the industrial accident compensation was made in such a case that when workers sustain the injuries on way to and from the in-house canteens or the restaurants that the employers had designated for the meal. This was caused by the narrow interpretation of the KCOMWEL on the legal provision of the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act that it had only recognized the accidents during meal breaks as the work-related accidents only 'when the accidents happened under the control of the employers'. Thus, it has created the discrepancies between the workplaces, as the employees of the workplaces with no welfare facility of in-house canteens were eliminated from the industrial accident compensation benefits.
reported by Kim Mi-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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