Friday February 28, 2020

Get a Santa suit, not a law suit at the office party

Office parties are usually fun, but they can also be a minefield of unintended consequences for employers and employees alike, writes Linda Hynes.

18th December, 2011
The work Christmas party may be fun at the time, but can have undesired consequences. Photo: Getty

At last, the work Christmas party is making a comeback. A Close Business Barometer survey found that two thirds of companies would hold a Christmas party this year.

We all know of a Christmas party that has gone embarrassingly wrong, but what about the potential legal consequences? The first thing to remember is that the work Christmas party is just an extension of the workplace, so the same rules apply.

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