To answer your question - for me there would be no 'cut off' point in a situation like you describe. If you are at a work function that extends to dinner/drinks etc then the entire time should rightly be covered. The case on topic was a lady quite clearly finishing her working day & organizing a completely personal evening - no grey lines for me. But I do get your points above about proving negligence etc The same regarding an accident on the way to work - what happens if you actually crashed from speeding/running late? That's your responsibility but you're allowed to claim against your employer? Definitely don't agree with that, but so be it if it's the law I guess.
The world's mad because of how far workers comp is able to be claimed.. The boundaries are being stretched and stretched
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She was away on a work trip and was injured and was covered as ruled by a judge. If we say no to her, then it sets a precedent for others who are injured while away on work trips.
If my collegues go downstairs for a cigarette, trip and break their ankle while in the office they are covered. They are not technically "working" at the time but the injury was sustained in work hours.
The reason people are paid more when they travel is because it is seen as WORK. This doesn't mean they have no right to do anything remotely personal, they can watch tv, eat, sleep, have a shag... But they ARE paid for being away because it's on work's clock.
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