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Negligent Hiring: Michigan

Negligent Hiring requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: William Pilchak


  • Michigan recognizes negligent hiring claims against employers. See Michigan Recognizes Negligent Hiring Claims.
  • In general, there is no duty to protect another from the criminal acts of a third party in the absence of a special relationship between the defendant and the plaintiff because criminal activity, by its deviant nature, is normally unforeseeable. See Duty and Foreseeability.
  • In Michigan, an employer's knowledge of a single conviction, even for a violent act, does not necessarily mean that the employee has a violent or vicious nature to support a negligent hiring claim. See Duty and Foreseeability.
  • Negligent hiring claims are barred by the exclusive remedy provision of the workers' compensation statute if a co-worker alleges injury. See Defenses to Negligent Hiring Claims.