The work day begins once the employee arrives at the office and thereafter any travel home which furthers the affairs of the employer is within the “course and scope” of employment. Recently, the Appeals Panel addressed this situation where an employee arrived at work, but left shortly after to return home to retrieve a work laptop he had forgotten. While on the way home, the employee was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The Appeals Panel determined the work day started when the employee arrived at his office and that his travel to and from his residence to retrieve the work laptop (which was necessary for the performance of his duties) was within the course and scope of employment. Unlike in a “coming and going” situation, the travel in this case was not simply transportation to and from the workplace, but rather was travel that both furthered the employer’s business andoriginated in the business. – Appeal No. 171936, decided October 5, 2017.
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