The Employment Relations Authority has ordered an employee to pay her employer for the value of a work vehicle ($10,000) written off when the employee drove intoxicated.

The employee was held bound to carry out her duties in a proper and responsible manner and she did not exercise the necessary skill and care, and breached her employment agreement (even though none signed), when she drove intoxicated.

This case is important for several reasons:

  1. Employees will be held responsible for their own breaches of duty and negligence.
  2. The employer can have an avenue of recovery even though their own insurance would not respond (the employee was allowed to drive the vehicle).
  3. Damage caused by negligence of employees (not just drunk driving) may be recovered from the employee.

If you need help recovering costs caused by employee negligence give me a call on (04) 473 6850.