Christmas parties - Where has the fun gone?
Where indeed? Is it the fault of all those HR Party Poopers?
Certainly not but the Employer does need to be aware of the risks according to Joy Arkley Director of the HR Dept West Wales discusses the options:-
It is the definition of fun in regards to a Christmas party that needs some refining:
A social meet up at Christmas to thank staff members for their contribution to the business, whether paid for or not.
The problem is that there are so many stories that come out of Christmas parties that it means it can all sound like employment law and HR is the Christmas Grinch!
Though it may not sound like the Christmas spirit the reality is a business can be liable for the action of their staff and be the ones footing any legal bill.
HR Dept top tips for a Christmas Party without further cost;
Here are some examples why:
'Gossip about an employees pregnancy following a Christmas party'
'Teacher loses sacking appeal after punch up'
'Explicit text message told husband of wife's affair'
'Millionaire boss humiliated as tribunal rules he sexually harassed employee'
We aren’t part of the ban the Christmas party brigade, it is these and many other untold stories that did not hit the media serve as a reminder of an employer’s liability when organising an event that should be seen as reward and time of enjoyment.
Preventing People problems is what Joy Arkley does well. For a Free HR Audit or more information how she can help call now on 01239 639 128
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