Jake takes a break from his drill press at the employer’s appointed time, heads down the steps to the company break room for a Coke, slips on the last step, and breaks his ankle. Is he in the course of employment such that the workers’ compensation and employer’s liability policy will cover the incident?

Jill takes a break from her drill press, at something other than the employer’s appointed time, heads down the steps, side-steps the company break room, walks out the front door, and, while crossing the street at the crosswalk on her way to the bodega for a soda, gets hit by a car. Is she in the course of employment such that the workers’ compensation and employer’s liability policy will cover the incident?

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