Back in July, 2019, we blogged, unhappily, about the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decision in Peters v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Cintas Corporation). This decision found a traveling employee to not be in the scope and course of his employment when he was injured in a motor vehicle accident after leaving a work-sponsored event. Today, it is our pleasure to report that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decision vacating the decision of Commonwealth Court. Essentially, the Supreme Court agreed (as did we) with the two dissenting judges on the Commonwealth Court.
Just to give a quick recap, the injured worker (“Claimant”) was a salesman, who went to various sites in his day. There was no dispute that he was a “travelling” employee for the purposes of the PA Workers’ Compensation Act (Critical, since commuting to work is not generally covered with a stationary employee, absent some other factor, such as “a special mission”).
One day, after completing his work, Claimant drove to a bar, where his employer was sponsoring an event, typical of an after-sales blitz. The employer paid for the food and drink. To get to this bar, Claimant had to actually pass the exit for his home. After the event, Claimant was injured in a car accident.