Does workers’ comp cover injuries an employee suffers at a work-related social event?

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Q. Is an employee who injures himself at a ­company-sponsored picnic eligible for workers’ ­compensation?

A. An employee who is injured at an employer-sponsored social activity (such as a company picnic) may have a compensable injury if the employee was acting in the course of his or her employment.

For example, it has been found that if the social event is for the purpose of sustaining good relationships between the employer and its employees, the employee is acting within the scope of his or her employment and is eligible for workers’ compensation. Determining whether an employee is acting in the course of employment at the time of an injury is a question of law based upon findings of fact made by the Worker’s Compensation Board.

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