Corporate Law Report - Office Party Holiday Risks, Human Trafficking, the Fiscal Cliff, More
‘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
Hosting a holiday party for your employees is a great way to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. However, as an employer, you want to limit your exposure to potential liability while ensuring the safety and...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
We here at the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment Law Group have been busy preparing for the holiday season.
While holiday parties can be great fun, hosting a holiday party or placing holiday decorations in...more
Your company holiday party can be added to the list of things impacted by technology. In addition to the risk of alcohol-induced harassment, injuries, or property damage, employers should be mindful that technology and mobile...more
As 2013 draws to a close, attentions turn to the festivities and merriment of the holiday season, and many employers gear up for office holiday parties. A holiday party is a great way to reward employees for a long year’s...more
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
OK, we admit it is somewhat cliché for employment lawyers to circulate client alerts every December warning about the dangers lurking at company holiday parties. But when real-life examples show just how expensive claims...more
'Tis the season for workplace holiday parties, which can bring about questionable and awkward behavior as co-workers mingle with alcohol. To prevent a legal hangover, employers should take some upfront precautions with regard...more
At this time of year, a number of businesses entertain their customers, clients and employees at a seasonal party. On some occasions, the party is held onsite. In other instances, the party may be at a licensed premise or...more
Everybody loves a good holiday party. And the office holiday party is no different. It is a chance for co-workers to relax with one another and for employers to show their appreciation for their employees’ hard work all...more
As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. In parts one, two, and three of this blog series, we...more
As 2013 comes to an end, it's time for Australian employers start actioning their end of year employment checklist.
1. Annual Shutdowns -
Many Modern Awards require employers to provide a minimum of four weeks'...more
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
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
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
A decision by the California appellate court in the Purton v. Marriott Int’l, Inc., 218 Cal. App. 4th 499 (2013) case makes it possible for an employer to be liable for the actions of an off-duty employee. In this case, the...more
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
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
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
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