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If Sue is injured at an afterhour's office function will COID pay for it?

by , 09 September 2014
Let's say, you want to have an afterhours office get together to help introduce all your new employees to the team. You tell everyone to stay behind at the office on Friday as you'll be holding the event at work.

The event gets underway and everyone is having fun socialising until Sue takes a tumble. She falls down the stairs and you have to rush her to hospital.

Now, all you're worried about is whether COID will pay for her injuries.

Read on to discover the answer...

 

Will COID pay for Sue's injuries? Here's the answer

 
COID will only pay compensation is your employee's injury is an injury of duty (IOD). 
 
But what exactly is an IOD?
 
Employers often make the mistake of thinking just because their employee is on their premise that it's an IOD. This isn't true though.
 
Your employee must be acting in terms of her employment to get compensation. 
 
So was Sue acting in terms of her employment when she fell down the stairs at your office party?
 
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Was Sue acting in terms of her employment at the office party?

 
Since you told Sue to be at the office party, it means her attendance is part of her employment. So yes, when she fell down the stairs she was acting in terms of her employment and therefore it is an IOD. This means COID will pay for Sue's injuries.
 
But, remember, if Sue fell because she was drunk, COID may consider the accident her fault and it won't pay.
 
So remember: If you arrange an after work function, whether it's on your premise or not, and there's an accident, your employees are there because you told them to be. That means it's an IOD and COID will pay. 
 

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