Employers on the hook for holiday party hijinx: survey

One-third of Canadians hold employers responsible for employees behaving badly at holiday events
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/18/2006

'Tis the season to be jolly, which most companies recognize by holding a Christmas party where some employees might get jollier than others. However, increasingly the blame for any misbehaviour on the part of employees during these festive events is falling to employers, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid for lawyers.com, revealed that 35 per cent of Canadians expect employers to bear the legal responsibility for the actions of their employees during and after company events.

"Whatever your feelings are about personal responsibility, the legal precedent is that employers increasingly are being held responsible for the actions of their employees during and after holiday parties," said Shelley Timms, a Toronto lawyer with Timshel Services Inc.