Are you one of the rising number of workers who have a home office? Then you'll be interested in the story about a J.C. Penney & Co. worker who tripped over her dog — at home — and now is eligible for workers' compensation.
She was a custom decorator selling window treatments and bedding. She spent much of her time meeting customers at their homes or working from her home, where she was required to have an office. The accident occurred when she tripped over her dog, fracturing her wrist, on the way to her garage, where she stored fabric samples. The Oregon's Workers' Compensation Board denied her benefits, but the state appellate court disagreed.
With so many home offices, I imagine the courts will have their hands full of cases of workers hurting their backs shoveling snow and slipping in bathtubs, all while “on the job.”
Loepp is editor of Plastics News and author of “The Plastic Blog.”