Vicarious liability

Vicarious liability is the liability of an employer for the acts of its employees. An employer can be liable for acts of employees carried out in the course of their employment which cause injuries to third parties or are discriminatory.

Morrisons data leak: implications for employers

As Morrisons is granted permission to appeal its vicarious liability case, where a rogue employee leaked its employees’ personal data,...

Morrisons granted permission to take data breach case to Supreme Court

17 Apr 2019

Morrisons has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court after it was held vicariously liable for a major...

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Worker loses £300,000 compensation claim after injury at Christmas party

10 Apr 2019

A charity worker has lost a £300,000 claim for compensation after she was picked up and dropped at her Christmas...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

8 Jan 2019

You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal...

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

5 Dec 2018

During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your organisation for the festive...

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Morrisons data breach: Could the supermarket have done more?

24 Oct 2018

This week’s Court of Appeal decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for a serious data breach by a disgruntled employee...

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Morrisons payroll data breach judgment a ‘wake-up call’ for business

22 Oct 2018

The Court of Appeal has upheld the judgment finding Morrisons vicariously liable for the leak of payroll data by a...

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Recruitment agency held liable after MD punches colleague

12 Oct 2018

A recruitment agency has been held vicariously liable for the actions of its managing director after he punched someone and...

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Morrisons payroll data breach reaches Court of Appeal

9 Oct 2018

The class action case against Morrisons by staff who had their payroll data leaked online by a disgruntled employee has...

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Why boardrooms must get a grip on occupational fraud

25 Jul 2018

In light of the malicious payroll data breach at Morrisons carried out by a disgruntled employee in 2014, and more...

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Why the BHS v Burchell decision is still relevant 40 years on

21 Jun 2018

In 1978, in British Home Stores v Burchell, the Employment Appeal Tribunal outlined several factors that should be considered when...

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Morrisons case: employers’ responsibilities in preventing malicious data leaks

4 May 2018

With the GDPR now in force, employers could face eye-watering fines if they fail to protect their employees’ data. Katherine...

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Morrisons data breach sounds warning on vicarious liability

5 Jan 2018

In a recent case, Morrisons supermarket was found vicariously liable for a malicious data breach carried out by an employee...

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Vicarious liability: employers face big damages for employees’ actions

20 Sep 2017

Vicarious liability, where employers may be liable to pay damages for an employee’s or others’ actions, can result in high...

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