‘Tis the season to be liable (Legal view)

Employers that don’t mitigate liability risk at workplace parties could face cold, unhappy and litigious holiday season

It may be the most wonderful time of the year but, for employers, the holiday season can introduce liabilities. Employers need to be particularly careful when hosting work-related functions where alcohol is being served or consumed. In such circumstances, employers can be found liable for negligence if a reasonably foreseeable injury to an employee — or to a third party — occurs during, or as a result of, a company-sponsored event. Employers can also be liable for harassment as a result of activities or situations arising from, or at, workplace parties and related functions.

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