This note explores an employer's potential liability when a worker is injured at a company sponsored event. Part two briefly outlines the history of workers' compensation law placing particular emphasis on the public policies that gave rise to implementation of the workers' compensation system. Part three analyzes workers' compensation statutes, examines the tests used to determine compensability and discusses the effect of exclusive remedy provisions on a worker's tort recovery. The last section discusses the methods used to determine whether injury sustained at a company sponsored event falls within workers' compensation statutes. It asks whether workers' compensation statutes are equipped to deal with injuries sustained at firm functions and analyzes recent legislative enactments that deal directly with injury sustained during recreational activity. The section focuses on the advantages gained by the employer by compensating the worker for injury sustained at a company sponsored recreational activity. The public policy implications of awarding compensation are examined as are the limits to compensating for injury sustained at a company's social outing.
Note, Workers' Compensation and Company Sponsored Events: The High Cost of Employee Morale, 39 Clev. St. L. Rev. 181 (1991)