Employer Liability Issues Holiday Parties

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Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

Assault Following Christmas Party – Was Employer Liable?

The High Court in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB) considered whether an employer was vicariously liable for an assault by a managing director after a work Christmas party. Following a work...more

When is an after-party an after-party? Christmas parties and vicarious liability claims

It’s that time of the year again – Christmas parties and work socials galore. That heady mix of festive spirit and copious amounts of free alcohol. Add in work colleagues and things can get a little bit sticky. As some...more

High Court Decision Serves as a Cautionary Tale for Office Holiday Parties

The High Court ruled on December 1, 2016 that Northampton Recruitment Limited was not liable when a manager punched an employee twice in the head after a Christmas party. While the Company was not held liable, the case is a...more

‘Tis the Season for Inappropriate Conduct at Holiday Parties

The holiday season is a time for presents, ugly sweaters, egg nog, dodging family members, planning on losing those extra pounds you’re packing on, and employers trying to avoid lawsuits as a result of the annual office...more

Time to Party?

So your company wants to throw a holiday party for its employees? Given the economy and recent events, they certainly could use the diversion. But holiday parties can also lead to serious problems, many of which relate to...more

2016 Christmas Party Post Mortem

Three years ago, the Company Christmas Party resulted in various criminal charges, allegations of sexual harassment, compensation of the entire Accounting Department for an all-night game of Truth-Or-Dare, a workers...more

How to Keep Your Holiday Party off of the Naughty List

With the holiday season officially upon us, many employers are finalizing plans to host a party for their employees. These festivities offer a time for colleagues to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, to extend season’s...more

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La

In the holiday spirit? Find yourself singing alone in the car to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on Lite FM (of course, I don’t, I’m just asking you)? Thought the most interesting thing on your Twitter feed...more

Holiday Horror Series: Part 3 – Holiday Parties: An HR Nightmare!

It’s that magical time of year! Time for hot cocoa, warm fires, glad tidings – and office holiday parties! Office holiday parties are a time for co-workers to relax and for employers to show appreciation to employees, all of...more

Deck the Halls – But Do It Nicely, and Don’t Be Naughty!

Thinking about tying one on this year to get into the holiday spirit, or about finally asking out that cute girl or guy from the office at the holiday party after the spirit moves you? Think again! With the holiday season...more

Avoiding Office Holiday Party Headaches

It’s the holiday season again and while the office holiday party is a wonderful time to show appreciation to your employees and create camaraderie among coworkers, it can also be a time of legal headaches that can last...more

Workwise: The Time of Year for Holiday Cheer: A Few Things for Employers to Keep in Mind

With the holidays just around the corner, many employers will be celebrating the holiday season and a hard year’s work with its staff. Although this is a time for cheer, employers should also be mindful of their obligations...more

Recommendations to Make the Corporate Holiday Party Fun, Festive, and Harassment-Free

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, employers will be tasked with planning a variety of holiday gatherings to celebrate the season. Employers may want to make a list and check it twice to ensure that their holiday...more

10 Considerations for Planning the 2016 Office Holiday Party

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and the vast majority of employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. This occasion presents an opportunity for employers to foster team spirit...more

Have Yourself a Safe, Undistracted, and Accident Free Holiday

Seyfarth Synopsis: Keep your holidays happy and safe. At this time of year, with all of the joy, parties, and excitement the season brings, employers need to be especially vigilant to keep and maintain a safe workplace...more

Surviving The Holiday Party Season: An Employer’s Quick Reference Guide

As 2016 winds down, we are entering into the prime season for holiday gatherings. Based on a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65% of employers plan to host a holiday or end-of-year...more

Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Party

It’s holiday party time! The company holiday party can boost employee morale and celebrate the company’s successes in the past year, but a holiday party may also create a few legal pitfalls for the unwary employer. If you are...more

Office Christmas Party–strategies to avoid the legal fallout

You may be wondering why I selected to write about a movie that is not yet in the theaters. Truthfully, I do not need to see the movie to write about its relevance to HR issues. In fact, all that’s necessary is to read the...more

What Not to Do: Tips from the Ultimate Office Holiday Party Movie Trailer

I don’t know about you but the news lately has been awfully serious lately. Thus, on this Friday before Election Day, let me share something a bit lighter....more

Holiday Parties – Top 10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Hangups

Wanting to avoid hang-ups at its annual firm holiday party, the law firm of Dewey Cheatham and Howe invited its employees, their spouses and dates, and offered everyone a complimentary Uber ride home. For those living too far...more

HR Trouble at Holiday Parties

It’s that time of the year when HR professionals are crossing their fingers and hoping they don’t have to terminate anyone for misconduct at the company holiday party. Fox 26 in Houston interviewed me about the suggested tips...more

Wishing for a Lawsuit Free Holiday Party

The holiday season is in full swing, and you have likely already planned the office holiday party. Although there are is no way to completely eliminate the risks associated with hosting a holiday party, the suggestions below...more

Social Gatherings and Social Media this Holiday Season – What's Not to "Like"?

According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, almost 90% of employers throw a holiday party. Taking into account holiday parties hosted by employees for co-workers, there is a very good chance your...more

Holiday parties: Good morale or landmine?

While a holiday party can bring a workforce together and boost morale, it can also bring legal trouble. Employer party planning must include minimizing potential legal risks in addition to the food and festivities. Here...more

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