Employer negligence is a legal situation in which an employer fails to provide a work environment that is safe and supportive of employee rights. There are many types of situations that may be considered negligence. For example, an employer may be considered negligent for failing to train employees property or neglecting to set and uphold safety standards. An employer may also be accused of employer negligence if he hires an employee with violent tendencies because he failed to screen the new worker properly.
Not only do employers have a moral obligation to ensure that the work environment is safe for their employees, but they are also legally required to do so. Many countries have laws that require employers to meet certain safety standards. Likewise, many jurisdictions have legal requirements for protecting employee rights. If an employer fails to run his business in keeping with the standards set by his jurisdiction's laws, he leaves himself vulnerable to employer negligence lawsuits.
One type of employer negligence involves the failure to ensure that the work environment, tools, and equipment are safe for a company’s employees. For example, a truck driving company has an obligation to ensure that its vehicles are in good repair. Failure to do so could result in injury to the company’s employees as well as other drivers on the road. If a truck driver is in an accident because his employer failed to inspect and properly maintain a vehicle, the employer may be guilty of negligence.
Sometimes employers are accused of negligent training or supervision. In such a case, an employer fails to train and monitor an employee, and this failure leads to some sort of damage. For example, an employer may require an employee to handle hazardous chemicals. If he does not train and monitor the employee in handling these chemicals, the employee may use them in a dangerous manner. If the employee harms himself or another person because of the lack of training and supervision, the employer may be accused of employer negligence.
An employer may also face an accusation of negligent hiring. This is a situation in which an employer fails to properly screen the employees he hires. In such a case, an employer may unknowingly hire someone with a history of violent or criminal behavior. For example, a daycare center may hire a childcare worker without running a background check to discover a history of child abuse. If the worker abuses a child at the daycare center, his employer may be sued for employer negligence.