Tag archives: vicarious liability

Vicarious liability in the data breach context – bad news for UK employers

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the High Court holding that an employer can be vicariously liable for data breaches caused by the actions of an employee, even where the employee’s actions were specifically intended to harm the employer. This decision is significant as it means a company can be held liable … Continue reading

To what extent can employers be held vicariously liable for the acts of their employees and others in France?

The issue of the liability the employers can face as a result of the acts and/or omissions of their employees is a recurring aspect of employee management in France. There are no specific employment rules per se governing the extent to which the employers can be held vicariously liable for the acts of their employees. … Continue reading

Vicarious liability for sexual harassment

This article was written by Steven Adams, an Associate and Hermann Nieuwoudt, a Director at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The Eastern Cape High Court has developed the common law and expanded the circumstances in which an employer may be held vicariously liable for its employee’s sexual harassment of another employee. Phil-Ann Erasmus was employed by … Continue reading

Vicarious liability in the UK – who am I responsible for?

Back in the day, the concept of vicarious liability (that is the situation in which one party is held liable for the acts or omissions of another) was largely confined to the employer/employee relationship. However, as working relationships have become more complex and diverse, and fewer people are entering into classic employer/employee relationships, vicarious liability … Continue reading

Vicarious Liability – When does it arise?

Two recent decisions of the UK Supreme Court have considered the doctrine of vicarious liability and effectively extended it to a wider range of circumstances. In the UK an employer can be held liable for the tortious acts committed by an employee in the course of their employment.   Courts will consider whether there is a … Continue reading

What are the limits of vicarious liability?

This post was contributed by Sipelelo Litji, Lauren Coetzee and Kate Paterson Employers may be vicariously liable for an employee’s actions regardless of whether they are acting in the course and scope of their employment. This is according to a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment that found the Minister of Defence to be liable for … Continue reading
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