Most companies have an annual company Christmas party. Are you enjoying it or are you sitting there worrying about what could happen and what you can do about it. The liabilities of a Company Christmas party are not something to just brush aside. They can be serious and expensive.
You’re a business owner, no only can you be responsible for drunken guests, you may find out that there are much more hazards that you could end up having to deal with.
It is traditional for business owners to invite employees and sometimes families to celebrate each December. Parties offer a great way for companies to make employees feel appreciated and to get to know each other and share the joys of the season. However, it is important to get familiar with the legal liabilities associated with hosting a business party so that you can avoid some potential problems.
When you serve alcohol you are taking responsibility for your guests’ consumption. The last thing you want is for an employee to be insured or worse if they get into an accident and drink and drive, It is possible that you many be held liable if this occurs. So, how can you limit the danger to your business when you are serving drinks?
When you combine a party, alcohol, employees all dressed up and loosened inhibitions, a sexual harassment may incident occur. Sexual harassment can come in many forms and the holiday party can provide a perfect environment for most of them. What can you do to prevent sexual harassment occurrences at your party?
Make It An Office Party
Rather than have a big party with alcohol, have a smaller holiday party at your office. Make it a catered buffet and do not serve alcoholic beverages, being at work will be a good way to limit some “out of work” behavior.