Q. One of our employees was hurt while driving in a company car on her morning commute to work. Would this be considered a workers' compensation claim? —K.S., Michigan
A. Most likely not. Under most workers' comp laws, an injury is covered only if it occurs during the course and scope of employment. While many activities outside of normal work hours and away from your company's premises may fall within that definition, courts have generally agreed that injuries arising from ordinary commuting aren't covered.
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