Employees appreciate recognition of their hard work over the year, and year-end holiday parties are a fun way to celebrate. But alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they might act in ways that violate your harassment policy.
You have more potential liability if the event is required instead of optional, as employers may be liable for employee misconduct and negligence when the employee is acting “in the course and scope of employment.”
There are steps you can take to protect both yourself and your employees. Here are some practices you might consider:
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season from DSA HR Solutions!
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