Vicarious Liability and the Employment Rationale

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Title Vicarious Liability and the Employment Rationale
Creator Neild, David
Description This article argues that the employment relationship should remain the underpinning rationale for vicarious liability.  The article draws a distinction between cases where liability is imposed because the defendant is an employer, and those where liability is based on agency. Other non-employment vicarious liability cases are distinguished using liability for breach of non-delegable duties.  The article also considers English cases where vicarious liability has been extended to relationships with similar characteristics to employment, and argues that this approach should be preferred to the New Zealand Court of Appeal's approach in S v Attorney-General.  At the end of the article there is a discussion of the relationship between exemplary damages and vicarious liability.  It is argued that, although exemplary damages may be inappropriate in vicarious liability cases, they should be available for breach of a non-delegable duty. Such an approach may better explain some of the decided vicarious liability cases.
Publisher Victoria University of Wellington Library
Date 2013-11-01
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Victoria University of Wellington Law Review; Vol 44 No 3/4 (2013): Victoria University of Wellington Law Review; 707-724
Language eng

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