From the Hotline: Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Question: If an employee gets hurt after a voluntary company party, will that employee be covered by workers’ compensation?

Answer: Your workers’ compensation carrier will review the claim carefully, looking at the entire set of facts and circumstances, to determine whether the claim would be compensable. If the carrier determines that the company party was truly voluntary and the individual was not performing any work for the company, including assisting with the party clean up, then the carrier would most likely deny the claim. That determination would be up to the carrier. Check with your workers’ compensation broker for more information about your coverage.