Christmas Parties - 'tis the season to be... Cautious?

Posted in : Webinar Recordings on 2 December 2019
Caroline McEnery
The HR Suite

It's Christmas party season and, love it or hate it, it's one of those annual events that's important to a lot of your employees. In this webinar, Caroline McEnery, Managing Director of The HR Suite, Adjudicator in the WRC and former member of the Low Pay Commission, discusses the key issues arising for employers to ensure that the Christmas party is not eventful for the wrong reasons!  Caroline covers:

  • Employer tips for planning the office Christmas party to make sure it goes smoothly
  • Legal risks of Christmas parties and what strategies can employers follow to mitigate the prospect of claims arising
  • What are the business policies and procedures in place i.e. social media, dignity at work policy
  • What constitutes inappropriate behaviour including harassment and sexual harassment
  • Employers duty of care
  • What should employers do if an issue arises at the actual Christmas party i.e. an allegation is made after the party.


Transcript to follow.

Additional Reading:

Getting into the Spirit – Christmas Party Advice for Employers - by Caroline McEnery, The HR Suite

The Office Christmas Party: Top Tips for Employers - by Blathnaid Evans, Leman Solicitors

How to Regulate the Staff Christmas Party Without Seeming Like a Grinch - by Jennifer Cashman, Ronan Daly Jermyn


This article is correct at 02/12/2019

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Caroline McEnery
The HR Suite

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