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The state’s highest court issued a sharply divided ruling Monday that some say exposes employers to workers’ compensation claims for just about anything their employees might do while traveling.

Monday’s 4-3 decision, which turns on an interpretation of the “continuous employment” doctrine, upheld an award of workers’ compensation benefits to the 11-year-old son of a man killed as a result of an automobile accident in Georgia. Howard King’s employer, Ray Bell Construction Co., had put the Florida resident up in an apartment in Fayetteville, Ga., while he was working as superintendent of a construction job in Jackson, Ga. Ray Bell also provided him with the company truck that he was driving at the time of the accident.

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