[알기 쉬운 노무 가이드] How to manage an employee’s corona diagnosis and self-quarantine

[알기 쉬운 노무 가이드] How to manage an employee’s corona diagnosis and self-quarantine


Korea Labor Relations Promotion Agency
Ahn Chi-hyeon Representative Labor Attorney

What should be done if an employee is confirmed or self-isolated while the COVID-19 is still on the rise?

First, the employer must comply with the rules of employment, etc. Unless otherwise specified, annual leave may be exhausted for the period of confirmation or quarantine. However, it should be noted that annual paid leave is a right given to an employee with the right to designate the time, so if the employee refuses to use the annual leave, the annual paid leave cannot be forcibly exhausted against the will of the employee. It is also possible to grant paid or unpaid leave. In this case, the employer may receive subsidies for paid leave in accordance with Article 41-2 (Obligation of employers to cooperate) of the ‘Act on the Prevention and Management of Infectious Diseases (abbreviated Infectious Disease Prevention Act)’.

Paid leave support is calculated by multiplying the daily taxable benefit amount by the number of days granted paid leave during the quarantine period, and the daily taxable benefit amount is limited to a maximum of 130,000 won. To receive the paid leave subsidy: ▲Paid leave support application ▲Inpatient treatment notification or quarantine notification ▲Paid leave grant and use confirmation ▲Certificate of employment ▲Certificate of income tax withholding on first-class earned income ▲Business registration certificate ▲Copy of bankbook to the competent National Pension Service branch You can apply by fax, mail or in person.

If the employer grants unpaid leave to confirmed or quarantined employees, the employee may receive living support expenses. Living support expenses are up to 474,600 won for one person, 802,000 won for two, 1,035,000 won for three, 1,266,900 won for four, 1,496,700 won for five or more, based on the number of household members on the resident registration card. It is calculated on a pro-rata basis for the period from the date of receipt of the notification of inpatient treatment to the date of notification of release of quarantine. You can apply by visiting the competent eup/myeon office or dong community center with the ▲ application for living expenses ▲ copy of the applicant’s bankbook ▲ the person’s ID (power of attorney or proxy ID if a proxy is applying).

However, overlapping support for paid leave and living expenses is limited. If a member of a worker’s household has received paid leave or received living support expenses, some programs cannot receive support. In addition, if workers are eligible for government subsidy, overlapping support for the period of paid leave is limited, and businesses receiving financial support for labor costs from public institutions such as the government are excluded.

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