If a company hosts a social evening off site which involves alcohol and a ‘drunk’ staff member is injured on their way home after the event is company liable/responsible?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 May 2012
Barry Walsh
McDowell Purcell

Despite being a country noted for binge drinking, in general terms issues of an employer's legal liability in such situations rarely arise for consideration. We are not aware of any legal authority in Ireland which supports the general proposition that an employer is legally liable in these circumstances.

However, that does not meant that an employer does not owe a duty of care to employees when hosting social events, particularly where alcohol is provided by it. In most cases such a duty of care to employees can be discharged by issuing guidelines in advance to employees and through

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, start your free trial today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Irish Employment Law Hub? We help thousands of people like you understand how the latest changes in Irish employment law impact your business through a mix of case law analysis and in-depth articles. All delivered right to your inbox.

We help you to understand the ramifications of each important case from Ireland and Europe.

We help you ensure that your organisation's policies and procedures are fully compliant with Irish law.

You will receive regular updates on Irish employment law including case law reviews, legislative changes, topical updates as well as answers to your burning questions through our Q&A feature.

You will have 24/7 access to the Employment Law Hub so you can research case law and HR issues when you need to.

Already a subscriber, now or Start my free trial today
Back to Q&A's This article is correct at 02/09/2015
Disclaimer:

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Barry Walsh
McDowell Purcell

The main content of this article was provided by Barry Walsh. Contact telephone number is +353 1 828 0600 or email bwalsh@mcdowellpurcell.ie

View all articles by Barry Walsh