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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

Retailers Can Avoid Holiday Headaches in New England by Complying With Holiday Pay Laws

In addition to the restrictions on opening in certain New England states, retailers with stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island should also be aware of their obligation to pay their employees holiday pay (i.e.,...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

Say Thanks and Strategize Your Year-End

Here at WPG, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It allows for cherished time with friends and family. Most of us, at least in the United States, are able to slow down, take a few days away from the office and be...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part III: Five Tips for Hiring Seasonal Workers

It’s that time of year once again! Retailers are gearing up for the holidays and hiring seasonal workers in droves. Unfortunately, the flurry of activity and the common misperception that seasonal workers have a different...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

Feed Me! Thanksgiving Turkeys, Free Lunches, and Wage and Hour Law

With the Thanksgiving holiday ahead of us, we have reached the time of year where some employers start handing out Thanksgiving turkeys, holiday hams, and other gifts to employees, while others provide free or discounted...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #11

Invisible hits. What could possibly be meant by the following tweet? “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” According to a recent CNN report, GOP groups tweeted such seemingly meaningless gibberish in...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 (Retail) Season, Part II: Conducting Background Checks on Seasonal Workers

During the upcoming holiday season, many companies—especially those with retail operations—will be looking to expand their available workforce by hiring seasonal workers. Unfortunately, many of these temporary workers will be...more

Buzzed Driving & Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Holiday Season

A new study released by UC San Diego reveals that “minimally buzzed” drivers – including those with a very low 0.01 blood-alcohol level (which is well below the legal limit of 0.08) are often to blame for fatal car crashes....more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part I: OSHA’s Tips for a Safe Black Friday

In advance of the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events,...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

How to Keep Your Business on the Nice List: 2014 Tips for Holiday Shopping Crowd Control

Effective crowd management should be a year-round priority for retailers, but Black Friday and the ensuing holiday shopping season elevates the importance of crowd control. It seems like each holiday season the media reports...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

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

You Should Know - November 2014

In This Issue: - Hazard-free Holidays - Decorating Safely - Hosting a Safe Party - Excerpt from Hazard-free Holidays: Tis the season for everything holly, jolly, merry and bright. But...more

Hot off the press - Holidays: all inclusive package?

Despite the rather unseasonal time of year, holidays seem very much to be flavour of the month. We’re receiving more and more queries about the possibilities of US-style unlimited holiday or “personal time off” policies, as...more

Avoid a Class Action Lawsuit Landing in Your Holiday Stocking

The holidays are quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend in excess of $600 billion this season. The holiday season is shaping up to become a winter wonderland for retailers. However, brands that market or...more

’Tis the Season for Data Breaches, Identity Theft

As U.S. consumers head into the shopping season – the weather is getting cooler, and the holidays are getting closer – it is a good idea to take extra precautions to protect bank accounts, credit cards and personal identity....more

Hallowe’en Costume Issues? Try Being Justice Every Day

Hallowe’en is here! Time for jack o’ lanterns, apple cider and the annual costume day at the office. Time to pull out your favorite costume: Justice! Artwork courtesty of Giovanni Benedetti Best costume...more

I’m a Patent Attorney – Isn’t that Scary Enough?

A Hoppy Halloween from all of us ghoulish folks here at DuetsBlog! Spending for Halloween this year is likely to hit $11 billion dollars, possibly more than is spent decorating for Christmas. This fact is easily...more

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party “Unmask” Racial Insensitivity

Employers may view Halloween celebrations at work as a no-brainer: Annual October office parties are often great boosts to employee morale, encouraging community, healthy competition, and team-building as participants eat,...more

Holidays (Un)Limited

We’ve received a number of requests in the past 12 months to include an unlimited holiday clause in standard employment contracts. It’s a Silicon Valley trend edging its way into the UK employment landscape via tech...more

Halloween In The Workplace? Bah! Humbug!

Sure, and thank you for suggesting such a great topic for this time of year! There is very little from the courts on “Halloween in the workplace,” and for that we can all be grateful because it probably means that it doesn’t...more

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