Am I liable for my staff misdemeanours?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 25 May, 2016

People stuff

Pic from cmpresolutions.co.uk

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 :

  • An employee working for the supermarket at one of its petrol stations attacked a customer and shouted racist language at him after the customer asked if he could print some images stored in a USB stick. After the customer went back to his car, he was punched and kicked repeatedly by the Morrison employee
  • The customer brought a claim against Morrisons on the basis of vicarious liability.  
  • County court dismissed the case in its first hearing
  • The Court of Appeal upheld this decision
  • The Supreme Court has now overturned the decision on the basis that the employee did not 'metaphorically take off his uniform" when he chased the customer and attacked him, specifically after ordering the customer to stay away from the premises, he was "acting on behalf of the employer".

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.

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



More Posts
Share by: