In the midst of the holiday season and with the COVID-19 pandemic firmly in the rear-view mirror, many companies are gearing up for their annual holiday parties. Depending on one’s perspective, holiday parties can be one of the most or least enjoyable times of the work year. While some staff revel in the opportunity to […]
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The holiday season is generally a time for celebration. However, employers should be particularly vigilant in their efforts to mitigate risk for employment claims. Below are some issues to keep in mind. Reducing Risk at Holiday Parties Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to connect with coworkers and colleagues. However, employers should consider the risks […]
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the first frost has turned to the first snow (at least here in the Upper Midwest), and Michigan has beaten Ohio State (again), the transition to holiday season is underway, and everyone can resume their favorite December debate. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not: a) should adults receive gifts from […]
Hybrid work is officially the new normal. The majority of us hopefully see this as a huge step forward, considering the many benefits it’s bringing to employers and employees alike. From increased flexibility and greater hiring opportunities to better work/life balance, remote work is the gift that keeps on giving. However, as we adapt to […]
Holiday parties have long been a staple of company culture. They’re a time to mark the end of a year of accomplishments and struggles and to look back on fun memories with colleagues and teammates. Obviously, holiday parties haven’t been nearly the same since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of workers haven’t even […]
The year 2020 has been rough on everyone, and HR departments around the globe have been working tirelessly to take care of their employees and employers. One HR manager in particular—I’ve written about her a few times over the years—is relieved not to have to deal with her company’s holiday party, and I quote: “That’s […]
Office parties have always been a point of concern for HR managers. Between a jovial, casual atmosphere and often the inclusion of alcohol, such events increase the risk of bad behavior.
As we near the end of the year, many organizations are gearing up for their annual holiday party. But others are not sure it’s the right choice or may be considering ending a long tradition.
The federal district court of Minnesota recently heard a case regarding sexual harassment after the breakup of a consensual sexual relationship between an employee and her supervisor. The supervisor allegedly was displeased with the breakup and was unsuccessful in restarting the relationship, and a tense work environment ensued. The court ultimately held that the allegations […]
Sexual harassment is dominating the headlines, and here comes the holiday party. It’s hard to imagine that in the current climate you’ll encounter harassment at your party, but past experience suggests you should be prepared. Parties are intended to be relaxed, fun events; unfortunately, relaxation and fun, when accompanied by alcohol, often lead to inappropriate […]