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scope of employment: the range of conduct and activity within which an employee can reasonably be considered to be carrying out the business of his or her employer [workers' compensation for injuries arising out of the course and scope of employment ] see also respondeat superior NOTE: The liability of an employer for an act committed by an employee depends on whether the act falls within the scope of employment.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.