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Holiday party do’s and don’ts

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to revisit the law of employer host liability. If your organization is planning to host a workplace holiday party where alcohol or other legal intoxicants may be served or used, you’ll want to protect your guests from harm and your organization from the potential for significant liability for damages sustained or caused by an impaired employee.

 

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Vicarious liability claim provides warning to employers sponsoring staff parties – employers must ensure supervision and control

Employer-sponsored staff parties and social events are seen to be an opportunity for organizations to show appreciation and to build good will with employees. In spite of these positive aspects, a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice may serve as warning that employers must exercise caution when hosting such events.

 

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