Recently an employee feel asleep at the wheel during his shift. Can the company hold him responsible for damages?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Bakersfield, CA

Is there some sort of disclaimer I can have the employees sign stating in the event of negligence he or she will be held responsible to damages caused to company vehicles?

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  1. Sean Michael Patrick

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    Answered . No. As an employer, you are responsible for the torts of your employees while in the course and scope of their employment.

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  2. George Costas Andriotis

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    Answered . Yes the company will be held liable unless the employee acted outside the course and scope of his employmend and/or he was not using the vehicle in a way permitted by his employer.

  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . No, bump up your limits. If an employee seriously injures someone, it could bankrupt your company if you don't have enough insurance. For example, many companies with tractor-trailers have umbrella policies up to 20m.

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  4. Kevin Coluccio

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    Answered . Yes the company would be responsible and there is not way to get a release on this issue.

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