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.
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