Q. Is an employee who injures herself 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 furtherance of or for the benefit of the employer’s business.
The determination of whether an employee is acting in furtherance of or for the benefit of the employer is a question of fact to be determined by the Workers’ Compensation Board. For example, it has been determined 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 her employment and is eligible for workers’ compensation.