Why should the employer of a man who murdered his wife and two sons potentially be liable for wrongful death? According to an Illinois Appellate Court decision, the company’s electronic communications policy could constitute a voluntary undertaking to protect the decedents. That means the employer must defend against claims that it failed to monitor its former employee’s death threats made through the employer’s communication systems and equipment.

The complete article originally appeared on HRHero.com.


This article was written by Steven L. Brenneman who is the Chair of the Employment Law Group at Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP, and an editor of the Illinois Employment Law Letter. He can be reached at [email protected].