Frolic and Detour

Definition - What does Frolic and Detour mean?

Frolic and detour is activity on the part of an employee that is not related to their work, and which they only participate in for their own benefit.

In the context of the law, if losses occur during a frolic and detour period, then the company is usually not liable for them.

Justipedia explains Frolic and Detour

Frolic and detour can be a problem for employers.

An example of frolic and detour would be if an employee at a restaurant decides to take a 15-minute break and go skateboarding in the parking lot. Even if the employee was officially on a shift for the company, a skateboarding injury during a frolic and detour period would most likely not be covered by workers' compensation insurance. This is because it is not classified as work activity.

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