How to Handle Serious Interpersonal Workplace Conflict

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 23 August 2016
Harry Wall
Ronan Daly Jermyn
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I have become aware of potentially serious interpersonal conflict between two employees and am concerned that this may escalate into a physical confrontation. How do I handle it?

Employers should be aware that liability can attach to a company for wrongful or violent acts perpetrated by employees against work colleagues, even if they have no direct control over them. This is especially the case where an employer is on notice of deteriorating relations between particular employees.

Liability can arise in two ways – where an employer is deemed vicariously liable for the acts of an employee, and under health and safety law.

Vicarious Liability

An employer can be liable for the acts or omissions

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This article is correct at 23/08/2016

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Harry Wall
Ronan Daly Jermyn

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