Dec. 08, 2013 - Mason G. Alexander is managing partner of Fisher & Phillips law firm
As the economy continues improving, office holiday celebrations are on the rise. In 2012 nearly 7 in 10 employers threw an office holiday party and more are expected this year. While these festive gatherings can certainly be team and morale builders, they can also be a perfect storm of liabilities for employers if proper precautions and some common-sense rules are not enforced.
The truth is, most holiday work functions go smoothly and free from any unfortunate incidents. But there are those that end up costing thousands in expensive legal actions and can quickly turn a fun evening into an uncomfortable and unpleasant memory for all. The latter outcome, almost without fail, has one unique component involved— alcohol. As employers may be held liable the actions of their employees and managers, they must take extra precautions when serving alcohol at office parties to ensure their employees are safe and conducting themselves properly. The following are some tips on how employers can offer safe holiday fun while reducing their risk of being sued: More »