The latest major court decision addressing a workers'compensation claim from a telecommuting employee has found for theemployer, but the decision left the door open for future claims,and an expert in the field warns that work-at-home situations poserisks for which businesses might not be prepared.

The warning came from John F. Burton, professor emeritus atRutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.

He was reacting to a November ruling from the Tennessee SupremeCourt, which decided that a woman assaulted while working at homeshould not collect workers' comp because the attack did not haveenough of a connection to her employment.

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