A recent court ruling has put the spotlight on injury claims arising when employees work from home
Maryann Demasi, host of ABC television program Catalyst, has lost a claim for workers’ compensation after breaking her hip two years ago while going for a morning run.
The case sheds light upon whether government employees are entitled to compensation if injured while working at home – especially if the injury happens to occur outside of the home environment.
Demasi suffered the injury during a morning jog on January 2014. She claimed she should receive compensation from federal workplace insurer Comcare as she was working from home at the time.
After examining the evidence, deputy president Stephen Frost of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal rejected Demasi’s claims.
The final judgment hinged on Section 6(1)(b) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 which stated that an injury sustained in the course of employment may be seen as occurring during work if: