Bring on the festive cheer, the mulled wine, a mince pie or two, and a quick kiss under the mistletoe.

Sound familiar? It should do with the sound of sleigh bells not too far away and the Christmas parties in full swing.

December is a wonderful month full of excitement and wonderment, and who are we to poor cold water on the ‘Christmas pudding’?

Alas, with all the joyous merriment, light-hearted banter, jubilant ‘bum slapping’, and innocent ‘flirting’ comes the aftermath of the alcohol induced ‘hangover’, the worse for wear workers who turn up late (or not at all), and the ‘person’ who raises a complaint of ‘harassment’.

Many an ‘office party’ or company ‘get together’ has ended in the ‘turkey’ being burnt to a cinder!

At pHReedom HR, we make sure that our clients have the right policies in place to ensure their employees are clear on what is and isn’t acceptable conduct at work and other social events.

In the midst of the mistletoe and wine, do be aware that employers (whoever you are) can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees at the office and other ‘work’ related social gatherings, particularly if those ‘actions’ are deemed to have been committed in the course of employment.

We want you to have a truly fantastic Christmas, but we also want to make sure that you take all reasonable steps to protect you and your employees.

As you add the finishing touches to your decorations, put the ‘glad rags’ on, and fill the ‘bubbly’ to the rim of the glass, may ‘peace of mind’ be your gift this Christmas. So have a ‘holly’ ‘jolly’ good time, and if you don’t know or are in doubt about what you should or shouldn’t be doing, whether you’re an employee or an employer, just email us or give us a call.

Wishing all our clients, past, present, and those to come, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017.

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