Until now, it was possible to hold employers liable for the acts (or omissions) of their employees if they happened during the course of their employment.
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court takes this to a different level, extending this liability now to criminal acts carried out by employees that have little or nothing to do with their actual job.
The case in questions was against Morrisons' supermarket chain, specifically :
This extends the law on vicarious liability in that now courts may be able to argue that employees' actions are connected to their employment, even if the employer has not condoned them.
Potentially customers could now sue an employer if a member of their staff commits an unlawful act that affects them.
What can you do about it?
Ensure that your employees are trained about what is acceptable behaviour in the workplace and what is absolutely not under any circumstances.
If I were you , I would make this a priority.