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'Tis the Season - For Potential Employer Liability

The holiday season is upon us – a time when many companies (and/or managers) may be organizing holiday parties, decorating offices, throwing off-site parties or holding secret gift exchanges among coworkers. Many employers,...more

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties...more

Spiked Egg Nog and the Human Response: Avoiding Holiday Party Mishaps

Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more

Employment Law Advisory: Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations: Avoid the Obvious Risks

As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more

Quirky Question #213, Holiday Parties – Potential Sources of Liability

We are in the midst of preparing for our 2013 holiday party. We plan to schedule an evening event and intend to provide our employees and their guests with free food, entertainment, and alcohol; after all, we’ve worked hard...more

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part I: Seven Employment Topics To Consider When Hiring Seasonal Workers

As 2013 comes to an end, we will consider a number of issues that employers might be facing at the end of the year. In this blog series, we will cover topics such as seasonal hiring, religious discrimination claims stemming...more

Labor Letter, November 2013: Plan Now To Minimize Liability For Holiday-Party Misconduct

36% of employers report employee misconduct at holiday parties. The misconduct ranges from excessive drinking to sexual advances, off-color jokes, vulgar language, arguments, or even fistfights. This article summarizes risks...more

'Tis The Season To Be Sued

The Marriott company holiday party in Del Mar, California in December 2009 was like many other company parties. The party was held at the Del Mar Marriott hotel and all employees were welcome, but attendance was clearly...more

Can Saying Cheese Expose an Employer to Liability?

It’s holiday time! And what comes with the holidays? Company holiday parties! Pictures from holiday parties can leave employers with a holiday hangover. Below we look at several scenarios that provide some guidance and...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2013

Employer May Be Liable For Death Resulting From Drunk Employee's Automobile Accident - Purton v. Marriott Int'l, Inc., 218 Cal. App. 4th 499 (2013) - In December 2009, the Marriott Del Mar Hotel held its annual...more

Company Parties Or Legal Nightmares?

The summer provides a great opportunity for employers to host company parties for the whole office to enjoy....more

Keep Your Holiday Parties Merry, Bright, and Out of Court

Company-sponsored holiday parties can be a great way to boost employee morale, rewarding employees for the year’s hard work. Unfortunately, holiday horror stories of intoxication and offensive behavior abound. To keep your...more

To Party or Not to Party? That is the Holiday Question

Has anyone thought it was a bad idea to throw a holiday party for all those hard-working, sometimes underpaid employees who have given the better part of each day to make your company great? Or even for those who may not be...more

Employment Law Advisory for December 5, 2012 - Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations: Avoid the Obvious Risks

As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more

Holiday Cheer with Less Legal Fear

To start, for any company-sponsored gathering, liability cannot be totally eliminated. Even if attendance is completely voluntary for your employees, if the event is held on your property they will still be “invitees” like...more

Labor Letter, December 2012: Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the...more

Are You Liable for Serving Alcohol at Holiday Parties?

Let's say that you are having a Holiday party (with alcohol served) at your home, or you are a business owner and have a voluntary "company" party for your employees. If someone becomes "visibly intoxicated" at your party,...more

Employment Law Blog: Eggnog, Hangovers, & the Employee Christmas...I Mean Holiday Party

In the movie “Desk Set” starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy there is an iconic scene at the office Christmas party. Ms. Hepburn works for a broadcasting company and it is clear that “everything goes” on Christmas as...more

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