Who is Responsible For Employees Actions at Work Functions?

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Karen Wilson of WCD Workers’ Compensation recently read the official findings of the tragic accident of Jukes Campbell, of Noosa, who worked for retail giant Woolworths as a fine wine manager at liquor chain Dan Murphy’s when she dived into shallow water during a picnic on Good Friday last year.

When employees attend a work function, there is an expectation that their employer is responsible should an accident occur. In cases of the kind in the linked article below, employment needs to be a significant contributing factor causing the injury. It must be a real or effective cause of the injury not merely the setting in which it occurs.

An employer is not liable where the employee has acted outside the scope of his/her employment or has engaged in a frolic of his/her own accord.

Read the full official findings here.

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