The office Christmas party is a great way to boost morale by rewarding staff and giving everyone a chance to bond, but when things go wrong the repercussions can go far beyond the next-day hangover.
It's important to remember that employment laws apply even when a party takes place somewhere other than in the workplace. This means that employers may be liable for incidents of harassment that take place at work-related social events and could face tribunal claims.
Drink-fuelled behaviour is the root cause of many tribunal claims each year, and without risking being seen as party-poopers, employers should consider reminding staff of what constitutes unacceptable behaviour at staff social events - as well as highlighting the likely consequences of such behaviour.
ACAS has published a handy guide containing top tips on how to plan against possible pitfalls.
For further information please visit the ACAS website.