Trent H. Hamoud


Since its inception, the Missouri Workers’ Compensation scheme has presented interesting and complex problems regarding workplace risk allocation. To avoid workplace injuries, employees and employers engage in significant preventative behaviors. One such action by employers is employee monitoring. Clearly, however, constant workplace monitoring is not feasible. This inherent limitation leads to this Note’s initial inquiry: at what point do the actions of employees taken out of sight of their employers create compensable claims under the existing Missouri Workers’ Compensation system, and what inefficiencies may result from requiring that employers provide compensation for the injuries that arise from such actions? Boothe v. DISH Network, Inc. provided a new perspective on this question while evaluating an employee’s claim deriving from a vehicular accident.

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