You can take steps to prevent office-party problems

After last February's Linda Hunt case, you should be even more concerned about ensuring there are no alcohol-related incidents
||Last Updated: 04/09/2003

Remember the Linda Hunt case earlier this year, in which an employee left an office party, drove to a bar, kept drinking and subsequently had an accident – and successfully sued the company for liability?

This holiday season HR professionals will be especially vigilant for out-of-hand behaviour on the part of their employees.

Fortunately, “preventive measures (can) keep parties on an even keel -- fun and friendly, but without excessive drinking and the bad behavior that often results,” says John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of international outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.