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Minimizing Employers’ Holiday Party Risks: Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold

With holiday season almost here, workplace holiday parties are also coming soon. These parties are often a good idea to encourage camaraderie among employees and managers and thank your workforce for a job well done. However, a festive and happy celebration can carry a great deal of risk for employers as well. From claims of religious discrimination to sexual harassment to risks of drunk driving, if an employer is not careful things can turn sour in a hurry.

Who Could Have Predicted? Fair Scheduling Requirements Pose Compliance Challenges for Retail, Restaurant, and Other Employers

After San Francisco passed its Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances in November of 2014, making it the first jurisdiction to impose scheduling requirements on private employers, predictive or fair scheduling laws were considered in various jurisdictions throughout the United States, but failed to take hold. That remained true until 2017, when fair scheduling laws spread to the cities of San Jose, California; Emeryville, California; Seattle, Washington; and New York City, New York. With Oregon becoming the sixth jurisdiction to adopt predictive scheduling requirements—and the first to do so on a statewide basis1 —predictive or fair scheduling is threatening to rival paid sick leave in breadth and complexity.

Recommendations to Make the Corporate Holiday Party Fun, Festive, and Harassment-Free

Executive Summary: Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, employers will be tasked with planning a variety of holiday gatherings to celebrate the season. Employers may want to make a list and check it twice to ensure that their holiday get-togethers do not run afoul of federal and state discrimination laws.

Holiday Parties: Three Tips to Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List (pdf)

Most craft beer industry (CBI) employ - ers will be throwing a shindig in the coming weeks to celebrate the holiday season as well as the employees and hard work that went into the previous year. Beer (and other adult libations) will be consumed, inhibitions will undoubtedly loosen and stories will be shared. And why shouldn’t they? Company holiday parties are held in order to strengthen existing bonds and help build positive workplace relationships.

10 Considerations for Planning the 2016 Office Holiday Party

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and the vast majority of 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 appreciation for the hard work performed by staff all year. In turn, employees appreciate the chance to interact with their coworkers outside the hectic workday.

Surviving The Holiday Party Season: An Employer’s Quick Reference Guide

As 2016 winds down, we are entering into the prime season for holiday gatherings. Based on a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65% of employers plan to host a holiday or end-of-year party. Although these parties can be a lot of fun, they can be hotbeds for potential employer liability. So, what can you do to reduce the potential for mishaps?

Wage and Hour Challenges for the Home Care Industry

Cases filed against home care companies are at an all-time high. What pay practices may cause trouble for home care companies? Find out how to help protect your company and to try to avoid or better defend your business against potential litigation. Join Littler shareholder Angelo Spinola for an informative podcast about wage and hour issues unique to the home care industry, including exempt vs. nonexempt classification of workers, the salary plus pay method, outside sales positions, mileage reimbursement, the continuous work day theory and more.

Wage and Hour Challenges for the Home Care Industry

Cases filed against home care companies are at an all-time high. What pay practices may cause trouble for home care companies? Find out how to help protect your company and to try to avoid or better defend your business against potential litigation. Join Littler shareholder Angelo Spinola for an informative podcast about wage and hour issues unique to the home care industry, including exempt vs. nonexempt classification of workers, the salary plus pay method, outside sales positions, mileage reimbursement, the continuous work day theory and more.

Holiday Office Parties: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

While holiday parties can be a great way to boost morale and/or express appreciation for employees’ hard work, employers need to ensure that this holiday fun does not turn into a New Year’s liability. The articles on this page have been generated from Fisher & Phillips attorneys and other reliable sources to address how to reduce the risk of liability, while allowing the holiday festivities to continue in the spirit intended.

Dos and Don'ts For Employers To Consider For The Holidays

Lawrence Lee’s article “Dos and Don’ts For Employers To Consider For The Holidays” was featured in The Colorado State of Craft Beer newsletter on December 7, 2015.

Holiday Party Hazards: How Employers Can Avoid Legal Hangovers

With winter upon us, ‘tis the season for holiday parties and year-end celebrations. Such festivities are a good way to encourage team camaraderie and thank employees for their hard work and a job well done. However, a few missteps and an employer may find itself facing a lawsuit. In order to minimize the potential for liability, an employer should consider the following planning steps.

It’s the 2015 workplace holiday party quiz!

Chanukah starts at sundown this Sunday, and Christmas is only three short weeks away. Can you throw a workplace holiday party that won’t result in a lawsuit? It has been ages since we’ve had a quiz. Let’s do it!

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse, injures or kills someone on the way home. It’s become something of a tradition for us to run this article annually in December. So with the usual tip of the hat to David Letterman, here is our “holiday party top ten” list.

Don't Let Your Office Halloween Party Unmask Racial Insensitivity

Employers may view Halloween celebrations at work as a no-brainer: Annual October office parties are often great boosts to employee morale, encouraging community, healthy competition, and team-building as participants eat, drink, carve pumpkins, or vote on outfits in costume contests. But beware—any costume party puts employers at risk . . . and not just because of the occasional appearance of risqué costumes.

Don’t Let the Karaoke Machine Set the Tone for Your Holiday Party

The end of the year is a great time to show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work. However, where employees are consuming alcohol, relaxing, and interacting with each other outside their normal workplace environment, inappropriate behavior can occur. Each year, employers are found liable for employee misbehavior that happens at these parties. Without being Scrooge, you need to prepare.

Legal Alert: Avoiding a Workplace Holiday Party Lawsuit Hangover

Executive Summary: 'Tis the season for workplace holiday parties, which can bring about questionable and awkward behavior as co-workers mingle with alcohol. To prevent a legal hangover, employers should take some upfront precautions with regard to their holiday and end-of-the-year parties.

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part IV: 20 Tips For A Festive, Safe, Non-Litigious Office Holiday Party

As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. In parts one, two, and three of this blog series, we covered employers’ chief concerns when hiring a seasonal workforce, employers’ health care obligations towards seasonal workers, and OSHA’s fact sheet on how retailers can manage holiday shopping crowds. Part four offers employers 10 tips on planning and conducting holiday parties and 10 tips on serving alcohol at holiday gatherings.

Plan Now To Minimize Liability For Holiday-Party Misconduct

36% of employers report employee misconduct at holiday parties. The misconduct ranges from excessive drinking to sexual advances, off-color jokes, vulgar language, arguments, or even fistfights. This article summarizes risks to employers and lists precautions you can take to minimize your liability. These precautions are categorized as: 1) pre-party compliance efforts, and 2) specific actions for the night of the party.

Is the Party Over? The Unintended Consequences of Office Social Events

The office holiday party; the company softball league; the baby shower for the woman who sits three cubicles down the hall; happy hour with your co-workers: These are all part of the social rhythms and obligations of the modern workplace -- some company sponsored, others initiated by employees -- ostensibly meant to help us form and maintain close relationships with our colleagues.

Will Mistletoe and Egg Nog Invite Trouble to Your Holiday Party?

Holiday parties are a great way to thank your employees for their hard work over the year and build the morale and spirit of the team. Unfortunately, it can also be a time when otherwise well-mannered employees and supervisors behave in a way that leads to disciplinary actions, lawsuits, or other problems.

How to Have a Holiday Party Without Going to Jail

How to avoid lawsuits (and jail) during the holidays.

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse, injures or kills someone on the way home. It’s become something of a tradition for us to run this article annually in December. So with the usual tip of the hat to David Letterman, here is our “holiday party top ten” list.

The Post-Title VII Holiday Party: A Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Christmas Present

In case any employer that is sponsoring a holiday party for its employees needs a reminder of the potential liability that may arise from such an event, earlier this month, a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York provided a sobering reminder of just some of the employment litigation risks attendant with such an event.

July Workplace Celebrations

A handy guide to some of the lesser-known holidays your employees might be observing this month.

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse, injures or kills someone on the way home. In the interest of answering these questions generally, and with apologies to David Letterman, we are re-running here an article which has appeared in our newsletters several times over the years.

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse injures or kills someone on the way home. In the interest of answering these questions generally, and with apologies to David Letterman, we are re-running here an article which has appeared in our newsletters several times over the years.

Workplace Challenges: Managing Layoffs, and Motivating Those Left Behind.

The current downturn has left many companies scrambling to manage workplace issues -- ranging from how to avoid a brain drain to how they can provide better value to customers and clients. Employees, for their part, face the challenges that arise from working in a leaner organization that demands increased productivity with fewer resources. Knowledge@Wharton talked about these issues with Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of the school's Center for Human Resources, and Philip Miscimarra, a partner in the labor and employment practice in the Chicago office of law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, co-chair of the Morgan Lewis/Workforce Change practice, and managing director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources research advisory group. An edited transcript of the conversation follows.

Top Ten Ways to Hold a Company Party Without Getting Sued - 2008.

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse injures or kills someone on the way home. In the interest of answering these questions generally, and with apologies to David Letterman, we are re-running here an article which has appeared in our newsletters several times over the years.

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party -- Without Getting Sued.

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse injures or kills someone on the way home.
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