Source: Robert M. Forni, Jr., Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 35 no. 1, Summer 2009
Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer is vicariously liable for its employees’ torts committed within the scope of employment. In general, however, employers are not liable for damages arising from injuries caused by their employees while they are away from work. In this article, the author explains the doctrine if respondeat superior, the “lunch break” and “coming and going” rules, and the exceptions thereto.