Elsa Barata v. Hopkins Manor (March, 2017)
The Court granted benefits to an employee who punched out for her lunch break, ate her lunch in her
car in the company parking lot, and was injured after exiting her car when she slipped and fell on ice in
the parking lot. The Court noted that the Going and Coming Rule generally bars compensation for injuries that occur while traveling to or from the workplace. However, the Court found that the parking lot where the employee was injured was part of the workplace since it was owned and maintained by the employer and also found that the employer knew that employee's often take their lunch breaks in their cars.