HR Strange But True!
January 24, 2002

In many Asian countries, drinking away the night with the boss or clients is a big step to success in business. But what to do for that morning-after hangover?

South Korea, where corporate culture is especially dedicated to late-night carousing, now offers this remedy: Take an aspirin, then consider applying for worker's compensation.

Under a new insurance system there, ilnesses caused by work-related drinking are to be treated as industrial accidents, according to the International Herald Tribune, which cites Agence France-Presse in Seoul as its source.

"If work-related drinking causes serious health problems, you'll be covered," a Labor Ministry official was quoted as saying.

If somebody has a liver disease from drinking with the boss, he or she will also be covered, he said, adding that the ministry was drawing up detailed standards on industrial accidents.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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