Holiday Parties

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Eat, Drink and Be Wary...The Aftermath of Holiday Parties is Not So Merry

It's that time of year. Stores are playing holiday music on a non-stop loop, and peppermint-flavored coffee is being served in red cups. With the merriment of the holiday season, many employers celebrate the year's...more

Avoiding Holiday Liability

‘Tis the season to be jolly. While you are enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and planning this year’s office party, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability of company-sponsored holiday festivities....more

Tricks and Treats and Trial Briefs

Remember NBC’s The Office? I think some lawyers used to blog about it. Anyhow, one of my favorite episodes was “Costume Contest” where the Scranton employees threw a Halloween party at the branch office. The costumes in...more

Best Practices for Employers Hosting Halloween Office Parties

Now that autumn is finally here, the smell of football tailgates, crisp leaves and pumpkin spice lattes fill the air. One cannot enter a corner store without encountering pumpkins, bags of candy corn and black cat and witch...more

Australia: Tribunal Defines "Place of Work" for Off-Duty Misconduct Purposes, Finds Unfair Dismissal Due to Procedurally Defective...

Australia's Fair Works Commission ("FWC") recently handed down its decision in Keenan v. Leighton Boral Amey Joint Venture. In this case, the FWC defined "place of work" with respect to an employee's off-duty conduct, and...more

Will Over-Serving Your Guests Ruin Your Holiday (Legally Speaking)?

The middle of the holiday season means more than just busy shopping malls. It is also the time when many people host holiday parties. After attending Mora Rounds’ holiday party and consuming several adult beverages, Bitu...more

Poetic Justice – 2014 Wrap Up (Part 1 of 2)

This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2015. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2014. Rather than simply give you links to all of my stimulating...more

'Tis The Season – How To Avoid Liability During The Most Wonderful Time Of Year!

With Halloween and Thanksgiving behind us, and Christmas and Hanukkah just around the corner, it is time to consider how to have a merry season, while protecting both your employees and your company. Giving forethought to...more

Holiday Office Party Etiquette: Don’t Dance on the Table

Everyone loves a good holiday party. It is a time to unwind with co-workers and show appreciation for another year of hard work. But if you are the boss, you may have heard about or been a part of a holiday party gone awry...more

What If You Threw A Party and Nobody Came? - Planning Ethically Compliant Events to Maximize Government Official Attendance

At this time of the year many companies and trade associations host holiday parties and invite government officials and staff. Strict rules regulate whether attendance is ethically permissible. More than ever, government...more

Tips for Serving Alcohol at Company Parties

'Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer. While planning the company holiday party, remember that employers should act responsibly in serving alcohol to party guests. ...more

Holiday Parties—Employers Beware!

Employers throwing an annual holiday party also throw open a door to a range of potential risks. From unfortunate slip-and-fall accidents to claims of harassment to tragic accidents on employees’ drives home, only one thing...more

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

Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may...more

9 Tips for a Safe and Liability-Free Holiday Office Party

The approaching holiday season offers employers the opportunity to show their appreciation for a year of hard work by hosting holiday parties where employees can relax and enjoy themselves with co-workers. However, without...more

Bah Humbug! The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning an Office Holiday Party

Last year HRLegalist offered Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration. This year we’ve complemented that most excellent advice with a few more suggestions to help your company foster a festive holiday spirit...more

“Weakest link” is no way to run your workplace

He was fired only 78 days later, and he hadn’t even had a chance to take over the show. His “listening tour” with employees, which began in September and was continuing when he was fired, is supposedly what did him in....more

'Tis the Season to Be Merry — and Worry

As the holiday season approaches and the weather turns cold, employers face a number of issues particularly relevant to this time of year....more

Planning your workplace holiday party? Read this first!

And, as luck would have it, I presented a webinar on Wednesday with David Weisenfeld of XpertHR on “How to Make Your Workplace Holiday Party Sparkle — With No Legal Hangovers,” and got some great questions from the attendees....more

Avoiding Holiday Liability

Back by popular demand, here is our annual “Avoiding Holiday Liability” issue of the Workplace Word. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, while you are enjoying the holiday cheer and a cup of hot chocolate, don’t...more

Best in Law: Enjoy the party, but minimize the risks

Every year about this time, employers are knee-deep in menus and decorations as they plan holiday events for employees – ranging from in-the-office celebrations to lavish parties at fancy locations. Inevitably, some things go...more

5 Halloween Office Celebration Risks To Address In Your Code Of Ethics Training

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For one day out of the 365/366 days of the year, everyone has the opportunity to be anyone or anything they want to be. It’s a blast. Over the last few years, I’ve been “your mom”, a...more

Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer...more

End-of-year party precautions and the top tips to manage this risk

The season of workplace social functions is upon us, for better and for worse. An office party that goes off the rails is not just the subject of water cooler gossip; it's a real source of employee complaints, workers...more

‘Tis the Season for Social Host Liability

With Christmas just around the corner, the holiday season is well underway. For many, this means that the next few weeks will be filled with buying and wrapping gifts, baking and decorating cookies, listening to festive...more

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