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New Law Obligates Mobile Carriers to Offer Compensation for Network Outages

New Law Obligates Mobile Carriers to Offer Compensation for Network Outages

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — A bill that obligates mobile service providers to compensate for network errors passed the Science, ICT, Broadcasting, and Communications Committee at the National Assembly on Thursday. The news comes after KT Corp.’s Ahyeon Branch Office in Seoul recently caught fire, shutting down mobile and Internet network traffic in the [...]

Jailed Conscientious Objectors Released on Parole After Landmark Court Ruling

Jailed Conscientious Objectors Released on Parole After Landmark Court Ruling

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Most conscientious objectors imprisoned for refusing military service were released on parole Friday, following the Supreme Court’s recent not-guilty verdict. The Ministry of Justice said that 58 inmates convicted for refusing to serve in the military, due to religious beliefs and reasons of conscience, were released from prisons and [...]

Court Acknowledges Correlation Between Leukemia, Working Environment

Court Acknowledges Correlation Between Leukemia, Working Environment

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court on Thursday ruled that an employee suffering from leukemia after working at Samsung Electronics Co.’s chip production line should be recognized as a victim of an industrial accident. The verdict is the latest chapter in a controversy centered on the safety of the work environment [...]

Parliament Passes Bill Aimed at Toughening Punishment on Drunk Driving

Parliament Passes Bill Aimed at Toughening Punishment on Drunk Driving

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly on Thursday passed a proposal aimed at toughening the punishment for drunk driving at its plenary session. Parliamentary committees separately passed two revised proposals designed to increase punishments in the case of driving under the influence (DUI) a day earlier. The so-called Yoon Chang-ho acts consist [...]

Supreme Court Orders Mitsubishi to Compensate Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor

Supreme Court Orders Mitsubishi to Compensate Korean Victims of Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s Supreme Court confirmed two appellate court rulings on Thursday that ordered a Japanese company to compensate Koreans for forced labor during World War II. The four-judge bench handed down the decisions on two damages suits against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. It upheld two rulings — one that [...]

S. Korea Counters Philip Morris’ Info Disclosure Lawsuit

S. Korea Counters Philip Morris’ Info Disclosure Lawsuit

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s food and drug watchdog said Monday it has filed a response to Philip Morris Korea Inc.’s lawsuit over the disclosure of information on its research on harmful substances found in alternative tobacco products. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has selected a local law [...]

Violent Crime Convicts Banned from Parcel Delivery Jobs for 20 Years

Violent Crime Convicts Banned from Parcel Delivery Jobs for 20 Years

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — People with serious criminal records including sexual abuse, child abuse, and robbery will be banned from working for parcel delivery services for as long as 20 years. The South Korean government passed a revised bill of the Truck Transportation Business Act that includes the above limitations as well as [...]