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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

‘Tis the season for drones- so learn the rules of the sky

by LeClairRyan on

Predictions about the number of drones that will be given as gifts this holiday season have “taken off.” According to the Consumer Technology Association, Americans will buy about 1.6 million drones over the holidays, nearly...more

Surviving The Holidays While Dealing With Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

The holidays are supposed to be a time of good will and cheer. For those going through a divorce, however, the situation is often not cheerful and may even be grim. With some thoughtful planning and the right outlook,...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

Three Tips to Help You Navigate the Holidays

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

When you are divorced with kids, Christmas and Hanukkah can become minefields that make previous family headaches look simple. But there’s good news: There are a number of steps that you can take ahead of time to make things...more

Pitfalls of Holiday Specific Branding

The holiday season in the United States starts around Halloween and extends for a two-month period until the beginning of January. The holiday marathon sparks a flurry of purchasing events – such as booking airline tickets,...more

Dear Littler: 'Tis the Season…for Employer Holiday Gift-Giving Reminders

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I’m in charge of our company’s party-planning committee, but I’m ready to give up my title as Head Elf. We’re working on choosing gifts for employees, and we’d like to raffle off nice prizes for employees and...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

MarkIt to Market® - November 2017

The November 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses another Ugg trademark dispute, pitfalls of holiday specific branding, "types" of protection for font and typeface designs, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise...more

An Annual Guide To Holiday Displays In Apartment Communities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

December will be here very soon. With the change in the calendar comes Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays. Always a great time for kids and families. Santa Claus. Christmas trees. Menorahs. Decorations. For professional...more

Daddy’s Home 2 – fisticuffs in the workplace

by FordHarrison on

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it can also be a time of great stress. Indeed, the pressure of holiday preparations and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with...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

Some Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

As you enjoy the holiday weekend, and even some Cyber Monday shopping, keep in mind these online shopping tips from the FTC: ..Know the seller and the item. Put the company or product name in a search engine, along with...more

Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

Predictive Scheduling Laws: Guide To Avoid Becoming A Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since the days of Buddy the Elf’s short stint as a retail employee, New York City and many other municipalities have adopted predictive scheduling laws. Though California does not yet have a such a law, San...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

How Do Employers Calculate FMLA Leave Around the Holidays?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

It’s that time of year — my kids are already making changes to the fourth draft of their Christmas wish list, holiday music has been playing on my local radio station for four weeks now, and I’m just about ready to claim the...more

Internal Controls for Gift Giving this Holiday Season

by NAVEX Global on

Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season is upon us. I thought a review of internal controls around gifts was in order. Many companies effectively minimize the risk of inappropriate gifts through stringent...more

Looking Inside the Mind of a Gen Z Shopper

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As the 2017 holiday season nears, consumers are getting ready to open their wallets and retailers are hoping their promotions will attract those consumers. Generation Z (“Gen Z”), which includes young people born in the...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

Massachusetts Veterans May Be Entitled to Paid Leave on Veterans Day

Massachusetts employers are reminded that, per legislation signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, qualifying veterans scheduled to work on Veterans Day who wish to participate in Veterans Day activities in their...more

Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

by FordHarrison on

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources...more

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