In the lead up to December and the party season, it can be easy to get carried away with the merry festivities. At this time of year, employers should take a moment to consider the potential employment law issues and go over existing company policies.Where ever the office Christmas party takes place, the location should always be considered an extension of the workplace and employees should be reminded that they are representing the business and are still expected to act accordingly. Employers themselves may be vicariously liable for incidents that take place at work-related social events and could face tribunal claims.
Employers should remind staff of what constitutes unacceptable behaviour at staff social events as well as highlighting the likely consequences of such behaviour. Employers should provide a clear policy and consider issuing a statement to all employees prior to any work related social events.
Additionally, employers should consider their duty of care to employees and must consider how they will get home after work-related social events. Advice should be issued prior to an event about not drinking and driving and employers could consider hiring coaches or minibuses for the end of the event.
If you require further advice and guidance on preparing your staff for the festive season or would like us to review existing policies, please contact our Employment Law Department. call us or email by using the form to the right. This article was written by Emel Hamit, Trainee Solicitor at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of November 2019.