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“… he was technically commuting”
What about fall on the way from bed to desk that swings by the refrigerator?
Wait why is commuting to work a workplace accident?
Shouldn’t workplace accidents only be things your employer is responsible for preventing? Things like no handrails on stairwells, or wet floors, or electrical shock hazards, or enough lighting to safely move around and all that.
Like I’m all for workers’ rights and fuck protecting corporations, but even I’m like, this seems really fucking stupid. How is a company supposed to prevent falls in your OWN home? Are they allowed to come in and renovate your home without your permission to bring it up to local safety code for a workplace?
If not then how is their insurance liable for incidents in your home (or commute to work even if you’re like, driving from A to B at a regular not-telework-job)?
Turn it around and ask if it’s fair if the situation were flipped. If someone worked for you and they fell in their own home, why are you liable to pay for their mistake when you had zero means of preventing a hazardous condition to begin with? The “job insurance is liable if you get hurt in traffic on the way to work” sounds like a big ol’ cop out way for the government to get out of hospital bills and the like for a huge % of accidents, not a way to protect people.
Workers’ comp lawyer here. This isn’t as oniony as it seems. With more and more people working from home and some workers on call for 24 hour shifts, it’s difficult for courts to define the boundaries between personal and work-related injuries. Each state in the US has its own workers’ comp system, and they differ considerably. Depending on when, where, how and to whom the injury happened, the courts of some of our states could rule the same.
Omg stupidity at it’s finest
That headline gave me nightmares.