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Holiday Party Liability Prevention Checklist

by Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, with Practical Law Labor & Employment
A Checklist to help employers minimize the legal risks presented by employer-sponsored holiday parties. This checklist addresses sexual harassment prevention, avoiding harms created by alcohol consumption, workers' compensation liability, and wage and hour claims. This resource is jurisdiction-neutral. For information on state law requirements, see the State Q&A Tools under Related Content.

The festive atmosphere combined with the consumption of alcohol at an employer-sponsored holiday party make it a potential venue for inappropriate behavior and may lead to employee or third-party claims based on injuries suffered during or after the event. While planning and having the event, employers should take steps to:

Prevent Sexual Harassment

  • Ensure that employee policies address employer-sponsored social functions. For example, employers may want to amend their harassment policies...

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