The Hazards of Christmas Parties and What to Do About Them

October, 2015

By Clayton Payne

The “silly season” is just about to get into full swing. It’s a good time for most, but what if things go wrong?

More than ever, employers and HR professionals need to be mindful of the potential risks.

When matters take a turn for the worse, employers in particular can be exposed to all manner of claims, such as sexual harassment complaints, bullying complaints, and workers’ compensation claims. Such claims can not only effect employee morale and the employer’s reputation, but they are also time consuming and costly.

That said, the prospect of such claims arising should not put a dampener on festivities.

What are the strategies that can be employed to mitigate the prospect of the claims arising?

Before having your Christmas party, you might consider the following:

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