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Shana French
Heather Robson

Holiday Parties: Dos and Don’ts for Employers

Holiday celebrations at work can be fun but employers must make sure employees are safe and under control

Shana French and Heather Robson, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

The holiday season is just around the corner and, for many employers, planning for the annual holiday party is in full swing. But while “’tis the season to be jolly,” it is important that an employer, as it plans its workplace holiday festivities, also plans for the safe arrival home of every guest who attends.

We will discuss practical steps which can be taken to protect guests and others from harm, as well as best practices to more effectively insulate the workplace from legal liability. In particular, we will answer a number of questions including the following:

•Should attendance at a holiday event be voluntary?
•Is it acceptable to provide an “open bar”?
•Must an employer interfere with the decision of a guest to drive home?
•Is an employer responsible for providing transportation home or an overnight stay at a nearby hotel?
•Should trained professionals be hired to serve alcohol?

This webinar includes a 10 minute Q&A plus 1.5 recertification points.

PRESENTERS: Shana French and Heather Robson, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Shana French’s practice is focused on the representation of management in many areas of employment and labour law, including: Attendance management, civil litigation, compensation and benefit plans, employee screening and hiring, employment contracts, employment standards, human rights and wrongful dismissal litigation.

Shana is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Privacy, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation) and the Law Society of Upper Canada

Heather Robson’s practice is focused on the representation of management in many areas of employment and labour law including attendance management, collective bargaining, employee relations, employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, workplace safety and insurance and wrongful dismissal litigation.

Heather is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Workers' Compensation, Young Lawyers), and Law Society of Upper Canada.
    
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