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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

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

The Holiday Party Season—Celebration or Employer Nightmare?

As we move past Thanksgiving, many companies will hold parties to celebrate the holiday season. These parties are a great morale booster and provide a means to recognize outstanding employees, as well as celebrate and give...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

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

'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

'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

What Happens When An Employee Is Injured During A Company Event?

These days companies often sponsor athletic events, fundraising events, parties, picnics, retreats and other types of programs for their employees. If an employee is injured at such an event, there is a possibility the...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

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