To be compensable, the injury must arise not only within the spatial confines of the employment environment, but also within the time and during the course of an employment-related activity. This includes the employee’s performance of any duty that is either directly or indirectly of some service to the employer. In order for an employee’s conduct to be considered incidental to the employment, the employee need only have been engaged in a pursuit or undertaking which is consistent with the contract of hire and which is some identifiable manner pertains to the employment. Still, the scope of employment concept varies with the nature of the particular work and the terms of the employment contract. In addition, events occurring within a reasonable interval of time before and after official working hours fall within the scope of employment if the employee was engaged in conduct preparatory or incidental to the employment when those events occurred.
By Kara Dolan of The Bainbridge Firm, LLC posted in General Information on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.