The New Mobile Workforce: Telecommuters, Alternate Worksites, Traveling Employees, and "Extreme Mobile"

The New Mobile Workforce: Telecommuters, Alternate Worksites, Traveling Employees, and "Extreme Mobile"

At the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference®, Nov. 7-9, Stuart D. Colburn of Downs Stanford will speak and moderate on The New Mobile Workforce.

The new mobile workforce – from telecommuters to alternate worksites to traveling employees – raises many unique challenges in the world of workers’ compensation.

With respect to telecommuters, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 16.10 states:

“When reliance is placed upon the status of the home as a place of employment generally, instead of or in addition to the existence of a specific work assignment at the end of the particular homeward trip, three principal indicia may be looked for: the quantity and regularity of work performed at home; the continuing presence of work equipment at home; and special circumstances of the particular employment that make it necessary and not merely personally convenient to work at home.”

Key characteristics of telecommuters (working at home):

  • Employee provides workplace
  • Employer has little/no control of employee’s home
  • Distinct from “stationary employee” v. “traveling employee”

Currently over 17.2 million Americans are telecommuters.

Recent case law involving telecommuters who injured themselves at home. Compensable or not? Find out at the seminar.

  • Falling while salting driveway in order to receive USPS package with business materials in it
  • Stepping on dog and injuring ankle while going to garage to get work materials
  • Suffering an embolism after pulling all-nighter for work
  • Falling down stairs on way to home office to answer phone call
  • Attacked by neighbor during lunch
  • Falling on front lawn, injuring head, while on sick leave but answering email

Other topics to be discussed at the seminar include:

  • Continuous Coverage Principle v. Deviation for Purely Person Reason
  • Travelling To and From Work; Going and Coming Rule, and Exceptions
  • “Extreme Mobile” Zone of Special Danger Standard in DBA cases
  • What Employers Can Do to Protect Themselves

Joining Mr. Colburn on the panel of speakers will be Alan S. Pierce of Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano, and Roger A. Levy, Of Counsel at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, and Levy Mediations. Register today for the conference! LexisNexis Community Members receive a special discount.