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A New Valentine’s Day Conundrum for Employers: Could Emoji Messages Amount to Harassment in the #MeToo Era?

It’s Valentine’s Day yet again, but this year the climate is different for employers. Between the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the near-daily collapse of famous and powerful men (and some women) due to allegations of...more

The Road To FLSA Litigation Is Often Paved With Good Intentions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even as FLSA litigation has surged to historic highs, it is rare to see a nefarious violation of the Act by a manager or supervisor. Far more prevalent, it seems, are stories of managers who, while intending to afford...more

How To Celebrate The Holidays Without Ending Up In Court: Tips For Hosting A Corporate Holiday Party

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Do you have any tips on how to ensure that our company holiday party does not lead to a new year liability? A. As the year comes to a close, many employers often celebrate with a holiday party as a way to thank...more

1 Million Views for All the Wrong Reasons: How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Viral

Your annual holiday party presents an opportunity for employees and management to cut loose and celebrate their accomplishments in the past year. It also presents an opportunity to make some bad decisions - which,...more

Brace your elves – it's Christmas party season…

by Dentons on

It would be rude-olph of us to let this festive season pass by without comment on the much-anticipated but potentially risky Christmas party. To ensure that you are (three) wise (men) this festive season, take a few minutes...more

Happy Holidays, from Human Resources

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As Thanksgiving 2017 recedes into a memory, Hanukkah is here, Christmas just around the corner, and a strange slow week between a Monday Christmas and following Monday New Year’s Day. It is the season for office holiday...more

Holiday P-A-R-T-I-E-S Protocol: Walking the Fine Line Between Fun and Fiasco

by Littler on

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and most employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. This occasion presents an opportunity for employers to foster team spirit and express...more

The Office Holiday Party: Best Practices to Avoid Legal Trouble

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The holiday season is here, and employees are looking forward to celebrating with their family and co-workers. However, the office holiday party – an anticipated yearly tradition in many workplaces – has now become a cause...more

Social Hosts Beware: "One More for the Road?" May Be a Bad Idea

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Everyone was having such a good time, too . . . The company was hosting its annual holiday party. The company had arranged to hold the event that Saturday night in a hotel ballroom. Moods were festive, especially because...more

Web Exclusive: The Die Hard Survival Guide To This Year’s Office Holiday Party

by Fisher Phillips on

While you can debate all you want about whether 1988’s Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it is – don’t fight us on this point), you can’t disagree with the fact that the movie depicts one of the all-time most memorable office...more

Avoiding legal hangovers

by McAfee & Taft on

‘Tis the season … for office holiday parties. They are great for employee morale. They can also give rise to legal hangovers that can extend far beyond the holiday season. Originally published in The Journal Record -...more

Could this be you? Don’t invite injuries to your holiday party

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

It’s the time of year again when employers start planning year-end holiday parties. While most parties go off without a hitch, occasionally, unfortunate accidents do happen....more

Fight Night at Your Company Holiday Party

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., decides to hold an employee/significant other holiday party this year with live music and an open cash bar managed by a third-party bartending service. Each employee will get...more

I-20 - Special Holiday Party Episode

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt's latest episode of Employment Law Now features a Top 10 list of tips to consider in order to avoid some holiday party mistakes for your company....more

No Regrets: 10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Party Liability

’Tis the season for company holiday parties: co-workers of diverse backgrounds and religious beliefs interact in a social setting while partaking of spiked libations under the mistletoe. What could possibly go wrong?...more

Protecting Your Company Against the Perils of Office Parties

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s almost time to deck the halls and pull out the punch bowl for your office holiday party. But before you start dusting off your religiously neutral décor, make sure you take steps to limit the...more

Plan Now for a Safe and Happy Holiday Party

by Smith Anderson on

It’s holiday party time! The company holiday party can boost employee morale and celebrate the company’s successes in the past year, but a holiday party may also create a few legal pitfalls for the unwary employer....more

Afraid of Sexual Harassment Claims? Then Be Afraid of Halloween

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“Let’s engage in a Halloween-type party where everybody would be having sex.” Or perhaps, “So, are you going to wear a bikini for your Halloween costume?”...more

The Christmas party, and the fallout that followed

by Dentons on

Many will recall the vicarious liability case heard earlier in 2016, involving a petrol station attendant (Mohamud v. WM Morrison Supermarkets plc. [2016] UKSC 11) where it was found on appeal that there was a sufficiently...more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

by Dentons on

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

Assault Following Christmas Party – Was Employer Liable?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The High Court in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB) considered whether an employer was vicariously liable for an assault by a managing director after a work Christmas party. Following a work...more

When is an after-party an after-party? Christmas parties and vicarious liability claims

by Dentons on

It’s that time of the year again – Christmas parties and work socials galore. That heady mix of festive spirit and copious amounts of free alcohol. Add in work colleagues and things can get a little bit sticky. As some...more

Poetic Justice – 2016 Wrap Up (Part 1 of 2)

by Cozen O'Connor on

This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2017. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2016. Rather than simply give you links to all of my stimulating...more

Sex, religion, and the holidays — what fun!

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year again. A feeling of excitement in the air, presents, parties, frivolity, EEOC charges. . . . No, this is not a guessing game of “which word doesn’t fit.” With the end of the year...more

Off Premises Catering Permits Updated Under Act 39

It is that time of year to apply for your Off Premises Catering Permit. Applications for these permits, which allow licensees to cater off their licensed premises and serve alcohol, are submitted through the PLCB+ online...more

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