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Does workers’ comp cover telecommuters?

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Q. Do workers’ compensation laws apply if an employee is injured while working in his own home and using his own equipment?

A. Very possibly, if the employee is injured while acting in the course and scope of his employment. In one case, for example, an employee had a home office in her basement, went upstairs to get a drink while talking to her supervisor on the phone, and was injured when she fell down the stairs to go back to her home office.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that the employee injured herself in the course and scope of her employment because she was engaged in furthering the employer’s business at the time that she was injured.

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