Thinking of hosting a summer party for your employees? This can
be a great way to build morale and team spirit. However, given the
potential liability facing employers, care should be exercised. A
few precautionary measures can go a long way towards limiting your
With that in mind, here are a few dos and don'ts to help
employers host a successful (and liability-free) summer party:
DO... remind employees that the party
is a work event and that all workplace policies must be followed,
including policies against workplace harassment and violence.
DON'T... host the event in a
non-accessible location. Ensure all employees are accommodated and
can participate equally.
DO... ensure food and non-alcoholic
beverages will be served whenever alcohol will be provided.
DON'T... serve alcohol without
proper training. If alcohol will be present, ensure all servers are
Smart Serve certified.
DO... ensure supervisors are aware
that they are expected to set an example and monitor/"cut
off" employees who have overindulged.
DON'T... host your party at the
office. Holding the party off-site can reduce (but not eliminate)
DO... consider having a
family-friendly or an alcohol-free daytime event.
DON'T... have an open bar. Use
drink tickets or a cash bar to limit alcohol intake.
DO... follow your policies and
procedures in the event of any incidents, such as an employee
injury or sexual harassment report.
DON'T... let employees drive
under the influence. Provide transportation or taxi chits to reduce
the risk of employees driving while impaired.
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