Company Outings

With the 4th of July looming, many companies are sponsoring company outings to allow all employees and their families enjoy this holiday. Did you know that if you get hurt at the company outing, a worker’s compensation claim could arise? In Briar Cliff College v. Campolo, the Iowa Supreme Court outlined several factors the court may look at when determining if the injury could be covered by Worker’s Compensation including whether the injury occurred on the premises during a lunch or recreation period as a regular incident of the employment; whether the employer, by expressly or impliedly requiring participation, brings the activity within employment; or the employer derives substantial direct benefit from the activity beyond what is common to all kinds of recreation and social life. Briar Cliff College v. Campolo, 360 N.W.2d 91, 94 (Iowa 1984). To curb this liability, some companies require employees to sign a release before participating in any company-sponsored activity. If you have any questions about this or any other worker’s compensation issue, contact Bob or Ashley at 515-987-4578.

Summer Fun

Planning a summer get together at your house this weekend? The Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled that your front steps or porch is not public for purposes of public intoxication. In its reasoning, the Iowa Supreme Court suggested that to rule that it was public property would be to make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or even grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce.”  So enjoy your get together in the outdoors before the weather gets cold again, just drink responsibly and don’t wander too far from your front porch.. If you have questions about this or any other criminal law matter, contact Jim at 515-987-4578.

Surveillance

The Iowa Supreme Court released an opinion recently that may have an effect on the hundreds of workers’ compensation cases filed each year in the State of Iowa.  In this opinion, the Iowa Supreme Court clearly stated that surveillance of an employee in anticipation of litigation is work product, meaning that it can be protected from disclosure before any hearing or trial begins but still used during the hearing or trial. This means it does not have to be immediately revealed upon request. If you have been hurt on the job, be aware that you may be under surveillance and what they find could be used against you in your case. If you have questions, please contact Bob or Ashley at 515-987-4578.