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Law Firm Memos – Celebrating the Holidays without Liability Concerns

December 16, 2010

So, Ebenezer, what’s an employer to do?

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This is the question raised by Kevin E. Hyde in his most recent memo from Foley & Lardner, “Having Fun and Avoiding Liability at the Office Holiday Party.” Hyde, who serves as managing partner for the firm’s Jacksonville office and is vice chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, says that potential origins of liability include: “the inebriated co-worker who, on her way to receive a hearty handshake and an envelope containing an annual bonus, slips and falls,” and the mistletoe, as holiday parties “are notorious incubators of sexual harassment claims.”

Hyde goes on to offer a series of tips on how to keep your holiday party safely in the arena of “holiday cheer,” perhaps disproving his assertion that lawyers “can effectively kill the fun of any party.”

To read Hyde’s pointers, or for more articles on the subject, search the Labor & Employment practice area on our Law Firm Memos page.

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