Whilst you may enjoy letting your hair down with your staff at the annual Christmas Party, it is worth remembering that you are still the employer and, as such, responsible and, perhaps liable, for any bad behaviour.
Any incidents of harassment, abuse or discrimination could have repercussions not just for those involved, but also for your business, particularly if you are in a public place.
You should remind your staff that they are still under your watch and anti-social or offensive behaviour, such as harassment, abuse or discrimination, is as inappropriate as it would be in the workplace and could have the same serious consequences.
Any incidents of harassment, abuse or discrimination could have repercussions for your business.
It may be in your best interests to limit the amount of alcohol available and ensure that any entertainment laid is not likely to offend or upset anyone.
If you would like to discuss this topic in further detail, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.