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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

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

Serving Alcohol At Your Holiday Party

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

Walking in a Winter Litigation Wonderland: Top Employment Mistakes to Avoid at Your Company Holiday Party

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

Holiday Warning Update: Cut Sexual Harassment From Your Holiday Party Invitation List (seriously)

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

End of Year Checklist

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

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

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

Quick Hits: Holiday Parties, HIPAA and ADA, Non-Compete Agreements, “Supervisor”, Facebook

It’s been a crazy week here for reasons I hope to share in a future post. But in the meantime, the world of employment law still continues. Here are some items worth reading that I had hoped to talk about further. This...more

Time For Your Sexual Holiday Party

Well, your company is certainly not intending for it to be a sexual holiday party. But, truth be told, it wouldn’t be the first story of an off-site end-of-the-year holiday shindig (with complimentary alcohol) that got a bit...more

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