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Vicarious Liability

Posted in Employment Law on 13th Jul 2020
As well as providing a safe working environment, an employer is also responsible for providing safe fellow employees. In practice, this usually means ensuring that they have the necessary skills to do the job and receive appropriate training. The responsibility of the employer for the actions of their employees is reflected by a principle known as ‘vicarious liability.’ Although this principle has a number of different applications, in a pure workplace context, it reflects the fact that although the injury may have directly been caused by another...

Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Posted in Employment Law on 3rd Jan 2020
The terms ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’ are often used interchangeably when discussing unwanted behaviour in the workplace, but they are not the same thing. Harassment Harassment is specifically defined in the Equality Act 2010 and occurs when a person engages in unwanted conduct towards another person that has the purpose or effect of violating the second person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the second person. Crucially, in order for the unwanted conduct to be harassment, it must...

References: An Employer's Duties & An Employee's...

Posted in Employment Law on 23rd Oct 2019
When a person applies for a job, their new employer may ask for a reference from their old employer, to make sure that the person has been honest about their employment history and to ensure that they are suitable for the job. However, most employers will no longer provide any information on a reference other than the dates that an employee worked for them and possibly their job title. It is rare these days for any further information to be included, but why is that? There is a popular myth that an employer is not legally allowed to provide a 'bad'...
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