Are you having a staff party this Christmas? Some practical advice for employers.

Staff parties can show our employees some due appreciation at the end of a long year.

We all understand the benefits of a social outing on team building too. However, these social events also have the potential to provide a context for inappropriate behaviour that could have serious repercussions.

It is important to remember, that when an employer hosts a staff party, their duty of care to their employees extends as if they were at work. The employer is fully responsible and held liable for incidents that happen at Christmas parties, even if the party is off-site and out of hours. Employers remain responsible for the well being, protection and behaviour of employees during such events.

The Small Firms Association have experienced member companies dealing with bullying and harassment cases, sexual harassment, grievances and all sorts of conflict situations involving employees following staff parties.

This article will give you some practical advice and outline your responsibilities as an employer.

For more information on your responsibilities at social events, or to discuss proactive measures to ensure your staff party is a success for all involved; contact Jonathan Callan, SFA Executive on 01 6051668, or

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SFA E-Zine – The Tuesday Edition
Are you having a staff party this Christmas? Some practical advice for employers.
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SFA Annual Lunch 2015 Highlights
Red Tape Survey 2015
SFA Webinar - Resourcing & Leave Entitlements during the Christmas period
SFA Annual General Meeting
SFA Members Christmas Drinks
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