• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Lunchtime injury qualifies for workers’ comp benefits

by on
in Employment Law,Human Resources

Employees injured on site during breaks are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Recent case: Cynthia worked as a customer service representative for Verizon Wireless. She was required to take a one-hour unpaid lunch period every day. Verizon allowed employees to stroll through the building for exercise during their breaks.

While Cynthia was walking one day during her break, she slipped on ice chunks that had fallen from a soda machine in a hallway. She hurt her knee, aggravating an old injury. She filed for workers’ compensation.

Verizon argued that she wasn’t working at the time she fell. The court said that didn’t matter. She was taking a required lunch break, walking in an area where she was encouraged to walk and fell. That made her eligible. (Mintz v. Verizon Wireless, No. COA12-306, Court of Appeals of North Carolina, 2012)

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/34186/lunchtime-injury-qualifies-for-workers-comp-benefits "

Leave a Comment