Employer's have always been responsible for an employee's carelessness and mistakes that affect the business; now employers may be liable if they negligently hire an employee and that employee, while on the job, intentionally harms others in even non-job related acts. The employer is responsible if an employee with a violent past harms someone while on the job. The responsibility is not just limited to bodily harm. If an employee is fired for stealing and the contractor fails to inform his suppliers, if the employee continues to purchase on company credit, the employer is responsible.

Before you entrust your reputation, credit, legal liability, and insurance to an employee, consider these employment practices. Use and application form. Get an employment history, call former employers, and document the information you get. Then supervise all new employees, watching for signs of violent behavior or carelessness.