Good employee training is essential for providing quality service and products and maintaining a productive work environment. Failure to properly train employees will not only result in damage to your business but can also lead to you being held accountable for any harm they cause.
If an employer fails to meet a minimum standard of training and the lack of training results in injury, the employer can be held responsible regardless of whether the employee was acting within the scope of their employment. An employer is liable for failing to train an employee if they have a duty to do so. Although training is a part of most job structures, whether a duty to train exists is determined by these factors:
- The foreseeability of injury without proper training.
- The likelihood of injury.
- The amount of burden that the training would put on the employer.
- The consequences of placing the burden on the employer.
Overall, it is important for all employers to create standard procedures that ensure that all employees are trained to meet a standard of minimum competency to keep themselves and others safe. Failure to implement and carry out these policies can result in your company being held responsible for injuries and damages.
The attorneys at Simpson, Jensen, Abels, Fisher & Bouslog, P.C. are experienced in handling complex employment issues. Contact us at (515) 288-5000 to discuss your failure to train issue.
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