'Tis the season to be jolly and careful!

It’s that time of year again…when employers are warned that they may be liable for the actions of their staff at Christmas parties (that’s right, even when the event is away from the office and outside working hours). At the risk of sounding like complete party-poopers, we set out below a short ‘survival guide’ for employers during the festive season.

When planning the Christmas party, employers should consider making the event as inclusive as possible by:

Employers should also consider:
If an issue does arise on the night, it is usually best to send employees home and deal with it the next day, once the effect of any alcohol has worn off. You should deal with any inappropriate behaviour under the disciplinary or grievance procedures in the usual way.
Most importantly, don’t forget that a Christmas party is a great way of rewarding staff, boosting morale and building team spirit. So enjoy!

William Bishop