Holidays

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Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs,...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

Child Custody – How Do I Get My Kid For The Holidays?

Tis the season for holiday parenting time disputes. Whether it is Chanukah, Christmas or New Years, there is plenty to fight about this time of year....more

The Gift-Giving Season? Three “Game-Changing” Employment Developments Impacting Manufacturers

The approaching holidays may have put Congress, the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Supreme Court in the “gift-giving” mood. In the last week, three significant developments occurred which may radically...more

Wolf Greenfield’s Awesome Intellectual Property Law Firm Holiday Card

There are a handful of law firm holiday cards I always look forward to, the ones that truly go the extra mile. IP firm Wolf Greenfield is on that list. They always find a creative way to connect their cards to their IP...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

Today I received literally the season’s BEST law firm holiday card.

A number of years ago we worked with the wonderful Maggie Watkins, then CMO of 200-lawyer Best Best & Krieger to develop a new brand and website. We’d joked that she was literally working at the Best firm. Twice. In...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

At work when you're not at work

With Christmas approaching, it is a good time to communicate with employees about boundaries, both in terms of acceptable conduct, and the parameters in which that conduct will be regulated. Work Christmas celebrations...more

Connecting your law firm holiday card to your brand message.

I received a nice simple holiday card from an old client, Bryant Miller Olive, a top finance law firm and Florida’s market leader in public finance and bond work. Back around 2006, they were moving into new geographic...more

Little Things Matter: Make Your Holiday Gift Matter

Are you planning on giving any of your favorite clients a gift for the holidays. When I was practicing law, I never gave one of the gifts my law firm marketing department had selected for clients. I always wanted my clients...more

Yule Time Tips, Part III: Holiday Gifts Under Increasing Scrutiny

During the holidays, many of us like to show our appreciation to clients by sending gifts or entertaining them with special dinners or other fun and festive celebrations of the season. But be careful. Corporate gift policies...more

Spreading the Holiday Cheer with Temporary Closings

Many businesses shut down for specific periods of time over the holidays. Often this is due to a reduction in the amount of available work and/or a reduction in available staffing. In some cases, such as the entertainment...more

Top 12 Ways Retailers Can Address Privacy Issues This Holiday Season

In this installment of “Perkins Coie Wrapping Papers,” we take inspiration from “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to provide an overview of the top twelve privacy and data security issues retailers should consider as the year...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

Unique Law Firm Holiday Cards: Lawyers as Superheroes and Ballerinas

I blogged last week about the unique holiday card of the delightful ballet-attired ERISA lawyers at Oakland, California’s Springer & Roberts. I quickly received a Comment from Laura Mazza, a lawyer from Bain Mazza &...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

Yule Time Tips, Part I: Gifts That Keep on Giving—Holiday Gifts for Colleagues

As the end of the year and the holidays draw near, many of us will express our gratitude to friends and family by exchanging gifts. As we are making our holiday gift lists, we may also find ourselves considering gifts for our...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

I’ve never seen ANYTHING like this law firm’s holiday card. Never.

I’ve ranted about and railed against boring or clichéd holiday cards for decades, yet nearly every day in December another one or two (or ten) bland and politically correct cards featuring snowy landscapes or skylines, ice...more

2014’s First Noteworthy Law Firm Holiday E-Card is from BLG.

Canada’s national Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) is “committed to instilling a love of reading” through its “BLG Reads to Kids” program. For a decade, their professionals have been volunteering at local schools to read with the...more

Don't get Scrooged: Remember to Follow Holiday Ethics Rules

'Tis the season for holiday cheer, but before you grab that cookie or accept a holiday gift, you should take a moment to contemplate whether it complies with applicable ethics rules. While this may cause you to say “bah,...more

Consumers Looking For Deliveries at the Speed of Light

With the holidays fast approaching, and sales during November and December accounting for an estimated 30% of retailers’ annual revenue, retailers are pulling out all the stops in the ongoing fight for customer dollars, with...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part IV: Are Seasonal Workers Entitled to Health Care Coverage? A 2014 Update

As the holiday shopping season approaches, we are considering a number of issues that employers of seasonal workers might be facing. Primary among these is whether employers are required to provide health care coverage to...more

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