Even if it does not directly pay the worker’s wages, a company that hires a temporary laborer is entitled to immunity from suit under the Workers’ Compensation Act if it can show that it controlled the manner and performance of his work, a federal judge has ruled.

In his 12-page opinion in Shaw v. Thrift Drug Inc., Senior U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle found that Raymond Shaw met the definition of a “borrowed employee” under Pennsylvania law.

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