Tag: holiday party

Top 10 Holiday Party Mishaps

During our annual holiday party webinar, we asked participants to share their company holiday party mishaps with us. Here are the top 10 responses that very likely landed someone on the naughty list. 10. Curbs aren’t painted red as holiday decorations. Last year we had several people receive parking tickets since we had our holiday…

Tis the season for company holiday parties. The time of year when employees gather to mix and mingle with co-workers outside of the normal work setting. It sounds like a merry ol’ time to most, but holiday parties can be a headache for HR leaders. While it’s a great opportunity to thank employees for all…

Question: Do we need to pay nonexempt employees if we have a company party at a restaurant or public business from 6 – 8 p.m. and they stay after? Answer: Unless the employee is staying after to assist with clean up or is required to stay, there is no need to compensate the individual for time beyond…

Question: If an employee who appears not to be fully coherent drives home from work or from a work holiday party and gets in an accident, is the employer liable? Answer: If the employer has knowledge that the employee appears not to be fully coherent and therefore unsafe to operate machinery or a vehicle, the company may…

Question: Should we pay our employees who are working our holiday party for the time they sit to eat during the dinner portion of the party? Answer: Nonexempt employees who are asked to or electively perform work-related to set up, clean up, or other party activities during the event should be compensated for that time. Any breaks…

Question: Should employers be concerned regarding any wage and hour regulations if independent contractors attend a company holiday party? Answer: Assuming all independent contractors are properly classified and meet state regulations, wage and hour considerations only apply as they may be dictated in the contractor’s agreement with your business. Review the agreement in place to determine if…

Question: Can you provide language for a notice about drinking responsibly or use of taxi services that a company could use in a communication to staff prior to a party? Answer: The following sample language can be used: While our annual party is a time to mingle and relax, we remind everyone to demonstrate personal responsibility and…

Question: Who is responsible for liability in a building where a holiday party is shared by several tenants as well as the business owner? What other things should a host of this nature consider? Answer: The building owner, property manager, and participating tenants responsible for hosting the party as well as the employer may incur liability for…

Question: How should an employer handle underage drinking at a company event? Can we limit our liability by hiring an outsource group to handle alcohol and checking identifications? Answer: Hiring a third party to verify identifications and manage drink consumption is an added layer of protection and a great consideration, though doing so may still not fully…

Question: Is an employer liable if, after holding an alcohol-free event for employees, some employees continue to stay at the offsite restaurant, drink alcohol, and make the decision to drive under the influence? Answer: If alcohol is available at the location of a company-sponsored event, regardless of whether or not it was intended to be consumed during…