Whilst no-one likes a Christmas Grinch, work-related Christmas parties are notorious for quickly evolving from fun celebrations to messy behaviour. If employers aren’t careful, these events can result in a much larger headache or expense than otherwise expected.
Regardless of where the party is held, and whether it is inside or outside of normal business hours, both employers and employees still have health and safety responsibilities and it is important to keep in mind that inappropriate conduct at a work party can lead to disciplinary outcomes. There is a long list of things that could potentially go wrong, including;
Here are some tips on organising a safe Christmas Party, without ruining any fun:
If an employee’s behaviour diverges into misconduct (such as theft, violence, sexual harassment, damage to property etc.), employers should act promptly and fairly when investigating and carrying out any disciplinary process.
Given the complexities that can arise from a work party misconduct situation, it’s a good idea to get legal advice. If you require any advice or assistance, our experienced Employment law team at Wakefields Lawyers are here to help.
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