With the holiday season fast approaching, employers are consistently reminded of the additional risks and liabilities which may result from an employer-sponsored holiday event. Nevertheless, holiday parties and events are often considered to be an essential "benefit" expected by employees.
Since 1994 The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization which promotes a strong public education system in Canada, has spearheaded the Take Our Kids to Work ("TOKTW") program, which is now a Canada-wide program with more than 200,000 Grade 9 (or equivalent) students and over 75,000 employers taking part in 2011. The 2012 TOKTW Day is scheduled for November 7, 2012.
In addition to safety concerns, employers have a legitimate interest in prohibiting dress that detracts from their corporate image or offends customers. The common law principle is that dress codes must be reasonable, balancing the legitimate business interests of employers with the employees' right to self-expression.