Maine Supreme Court to hear appeal in workers' compensation case
The Maine Supreme Court will hear the case of Larry Huff vs. Regional Transportation Program, et al. at 9:50 a.m. Oct. 12.
The case is going to the Maine Supreme Court after Huff challenged the decision of the Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division, which concluded that he was not an employee of Regional Transportation Program (RTP). He argued that he should be considered an employee because he was paid the rate per mile determined by the IRS for employees of a business, which was higher than his actual costs to drive; that RTP exercises a level of control over Huff, which is similar to the control an employer has over an employee; and that RTP already admitted liability for the accident, meaning that it saw Huff as "acting with the scope of his employment," according to the high court's docket.
The original case revolved around injuries Huff sustained in a car crash while driving for RTP.
Maine Supreme Court case number WCB-16-541