If employees go to a bar after an official workplace social event and have an argument, should the altercation be considered a workplace issue?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 January 2017
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox

Generally, events that are not organised and/or paid for by an employer would not be considered “work events”.  If employees choose to leave an employer-organised event, and go elsewhere, the "event" at the new location could not be said to be employer-event - unless, for example, a manager/senior employee was present and buying drinks with the Company credit card. 

However, if an employee makes a complaint about another employee under the Company's grievance or dignity at work policy in relation to events that occurred outside work (but impact the employee's relationship inside

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