In the latest episode of Matheson’s Employment Law Podcast series, Bryan Dunne discusses a recent decision of the UK Supreme Court which deals with the issue of vicarious liability, the legal principle under which an employer can be held responsible for the unauthorised acts of its employees. In this case, the employer was held responsible for an extreme act of unprovoked violence by a petrol pump attendant against a customer. This case illustrates just how far reaching this principle can be. The review also considers the recent expert report into the Clerys Department Store closure and some significant changes it has recommended to the Irish collective redundancy legislation to prevent similar scenarios.
Listen to the podcast to find out the facts, key outcomes from the case and what this means for you as representatives of large employers in Ireland. You can also access earlier episodes going back to 2013 here.
In the next episode, Bryan will review the Labour Court’s first recommendation under the revised Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001 released last month. This is a very significant development for non-union employers under legislation designed to allow union members to seek orders from the Labour Court to improve their terms and conditions where, amongst other conditions, they can show the employer refuses to engage in collective bargaining.