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Do You Know the Rule? Conn. First Responder ‘Going and Coming Rule’

29 Dec, 2023 Frank Ferreri

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Hartford, CT ( -- In general, the Connecticut "going and coming rule" maintains that a personal injury will not be deemed to arise out of employment for workers' compensation purposes if the injury is sustained:

(1) At the employee's "place of abode"; and
(2) While the employee is engaged in a preliminary act or acts in preparation for work unless the act or acts are undertaken at the express direction or request of the employer.

Back in October, a new law (HB6721) went into effect to expand exceptions to the "going and coming" rule for first responders.

So, what's new? The following information breaks it down.


The new Connecticut law extends "portal-to-portal" workers' compensation coverage to 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers. With portal-to-portal coverage, an employee's travel from home to the workplace or from the workplace to home is considered to be in the course of the employee's employment.

This means that an employee injured while traveling between home and work is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits for the injury.

Connecticut had previously extended portal-to-portal coverage in various degrees to police officers, firefighters, and Department of Corrections employees as follows:

Job TypePortal-to-Portal Coverage
Police officers and firefighters"In the course of his employment” includes departure from the place of abode to duty, the officer's or firefighter's duty, and the return to the place of abode after duty.
Department of Correction employeesWhen responding to a direct order to appear at her work assignment under circumstances in which nonessential employees are excused from working or following two or more mandatory overtime work shifts on consecutive days, "in the course of employment" encompasses the worker's departure from her place of abode directly to duty, the worker's duty, and the return directly to the worker's place of abode after duty.

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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