Employers' Liability Acts

AuthorJeffrey Lehman, Shirelle Phelps

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State and federal laws that define or restrict the grounds under which, and the extent to which, the owner of a business who hires workers can be held liable for damages arising from injuries to such workers that occur during the course of the work.

Statutes such as the Federal Employers' Liability Act (10 U.S.C.A. § 51 et seq. [1908]) and

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WORKERS' COMPENSATION laws abrogate the principle of COMMON LAW that an employer is not liable to employees who have been injured by the fault or NEGLIGENCE of a fellow worker during the course of employment.

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