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 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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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace: Uber media outcry alerts employers to cut the risk

30 Jun 2017

Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology...

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Morrisons vicariously liable for employee’s attack on customer

2 Mar 2016

The supermarket Morrisons is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who seriously assaulted a customer, the Supreme Court...

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tupe transfers

Case shows risk of transferee liability for harassment occurring before TUPE transfers

29 Jan 2015

It is well known in employment law that transferee employers will inherit liability for the transferor’s acts and omissions in...

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Case of the week: Hayes (FC) v Willoughby

5 Jun 2013

Hayes (FC) v WilloughbyThis Supreme Court decision concerning a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 was brought by...

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Legal implications of failing to train your staff

14 Apr 2010

A recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing found that a third of nurses, failing to receive necessary training...

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Employment law – 10 hazards to steer well clear of

22 May 2008

Most employers know their key legal obligations – from duty of care to staff to dismissal procedures.But it’s easy to...

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Legal Q&A: work-related social events

13 Dec 2007

Party with careQ Should we have written rules on work-related social events?A Make sure you provide clear written guidance to...

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Case of the week: Employer liability for a third party’s racial harassment

24 Jul 2007

Gravell v London Borough of BexleyIn Gravell v London Borough of Bexley, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employer...

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Legal Q&A: Alcohol misuse

3 Apr 2007

The recent antics of the England cricket team, coupled with the case of a British Airways pilot reporting for duty...

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Lords uphold ruling on vicarious liability in Majrowski case

18 Jul 2006

Employers can be held vicariously liable for the bullying behaviour of their staff, following a landmark ruling in the House of Lords.

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Double vicarious vision causes concern

22 Nov 2005

Employers and contractors are in the firing line after a landmark Court of Appeal ruling

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Legal Q & A: Vicarious liability

8 Apr 2003

By David Bickford, head of employment law at Fladgate Fielder
Q We have a particularly accident-prone employee. We are worried...

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