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New Jersey: Cook’s Injury at Employer’s “Family Fun Day” Was Compensable

February 19, 2021 (1 min read)

Because an employee’s duties at her employer’s “Family Fun Day” were essentially the same as her normal duties—she was a cook—her workers’ compensation claim for injuries sustained when she stepped in a small pothole, injuring her ankle, was not barred by a New Jersey statute that excludes from coverage those injuries sustained during social and recreational activities [see N.J.S.A. 34:15-7, s ], held the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Acknowledging that the employee’s attendance at the employer-sponsored event was not compulsory, the Court stressed that the employee would not have been asked to cook at the event had she not been generally employed as a cook. The Court also indicated the employer received a benefit that was beyond mere improvement in employee health and morale.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the co-Editor-in-Chief and Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law(LexisNexis).

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See Goulding v. NJ Friendship House, 2021 N.J. LEXIS 126 (Feb. 8, 2021)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 22.04.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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