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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Recent Analysis of the Traveling Employee Doctrine and Workers’ Compensation Liability

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reviewed employer liability for a disabling injury sustained while an employee was traveling for employer-sponsored social event.

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As we approach the time of the year for employer-sponsored holiday and end-of-the-year social gatherings, the analysis of the traveling employee doctrine by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is both informative and instructive for employers, insurers and workers’ compensation practitioners.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently reviewed the scope of an employer’s liability for a disabling injury sustained while the employee was traveling after his attendance at an employer-sponsored social event. See: Peters v. WCAB (Cintas Corporation), No. 1 MAP 2020, Decided: November 17, 2021, authored by Justice Mundy (Appeal from the Commonwealth Court at No. 1835 CD 2017 dated July 18, 2019, Affirming the decision of the WCAB at No. A16-1263 dated November 16, 2017.)

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