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The holiday party and workplace policies

The holiday season is fast approaching and organizations are planning their annual Christmas or holiday parties. The increased recognition that alcohol consumption at organization-sponsored events creates significant legal liability has had an impact on that traditional institution. And now, with the legalization of cannabis and the #metoo movement, added legal liabilities come into play.

 

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Cannabis at the office holiday party

The season of the office holiday party is upon us! In addition to merriment, this time of year can bring a lot of risk for employers. And there’s a new risk this year.

 

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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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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most read articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with discrimination based on on ethnic background and place of origin, amendments to the Old Age Security regulations, and what you need to remember when hosting company holiday parties.

 

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The intoxicated holiday party employee: Avoiding social host liability

With the Holiday Season in full gear, employers across the country are planning holiday parties and holiday parties often involve alcohol. This article provides a reminder on Social Host liability whereby employers could become liable for the injuries caused by intoxicated employees to themselves or others during the function or after they have left the function if proper safeguards are not put in place.

 

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Employer obligations and the holiday party

The holidays are right around the corner and this often translates into lots of company-sponsored events, parties and commitments. While these events bring joy and merriment to employees, they can also bring legal troubles for employers related to alcohol, harassment, violence and discrimination.

 

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Employer holiday parties: some useful tips

However limited an organization’s party budget is, most of them still use the holiday season to show their employees their appreciation for their year-long efforts by holding a holiday party on or off company premises. In the last several years, however, many organizations have looked carefully at how they approach the annual holiday party, for legal and economical reasons.

 

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