An Act relating to the liability of employees in respect of torts committed by them; and to repeal the Employee’s Liability (Indemnification of Employer) Act 1982.
1 Name of Act
This Act may be cited as the Employees Liability Act 1991.
This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.
2A Police officers
For the avoidance of doubt, a police officer is declared to be an employee of the Crown for the purposes of this Act.s 2A: Ins 2003 No 74, Sch 1.
3 Employee not liable where employer also liable
(1) If an employee commits a tort for which his or her employer is also liable:(a) the employee is not liable to indemnify, or to pay any contribution to, the employer in respect of the liability incurred by the employer, and(b) the employer is liable to indemnify the employee in respect of liability incurred by the employee for the tort (unless the employee is otherwise entitled to an indemnity in respect of that liability).(2) Contribution under this section includes contribution as joint tortfeasor or otherwise.
4 Abolition of action against employee for loss of services of fellow employee (per quod servitium amisit)
An employee is not liable in tort to his or her employer merely because the employee has deprived the employer of the services of any other employee of the employer.
5 Act not to apply to serious misconduct of employee or to conduct not related to employment
This Act does not apply to a tort committed by an employee if the conduct constituting the tort:(a) was serious and wilful misconduct, or(b) did not occur in the course of, and did not arise out of, the employment of the employee.
6 Employer subrogated to rights of employee under insurance policy
(1) If:(a) an employer is proceeded against for the tort of his or her employee, andthe employer is subrogated to the rights of the employee under that policy in respect of the liability incurred by the employer arising from the commission of the tort.(b) the employee is entitled under a policy of insurance to be indemnified in respect of liability that the employee may incur in respect of that tort,(2) In this section, insurance includes indemnity.
7 Act to prevail
This Act has effect despite:(a) any other Act or law, or(b) the provisions (express or implied) of any contract or agreement entered into before or after the commencement of this section.
8 Act binds Crown
This Act binds the Crown in right of New South Wales and, in so far as the legislative power of Parliament permits, the Crown in all its other capacities.
9 Act to apply to previous or future liability
This Act applies whether the cause of action concerned arose before, or arises after, the commencement of this section.