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Posted 10 December 2015
by Stephen Jennings

Christmas Parties – The Danger of the Season of Goodwill

As many offices are finalising their plans for a Christmas party, an interesting article provides details that 39% of workers are likely to be drunk or involved in some kind of sexual behaviour at their Christmas office party. HR and IT departments are mentioned as being amongst the worst offenders.

Christmas parties are events to be enjoyed and can be a great boost to staff moral but be aware of the potential dangers that may exist and arise out of such an event, for example, possible sexual harassment claims, drunk fuelled arguments and discrimination. An employee’s poor behaviour at an office party may come back to haunt them in the New Year.

Employers are responsible for the protection and safety of their employees even at office parties and are obliged to take disciplinary action where necessary.

Enjoy yourselves but be aware of the perils.

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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients