As Santa prepares his reindeer for their trip of the year, many of you are preparing for your companies festive celebrations. These events provide an excellent opportunity to congratulate staff for their achievements and to recognise employees’ efforts during another difficult year for business.
Whilst the majority of events will go smoothly and everyone involved will have a good time, employers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of the party season.
An average tribunal cost awarded for discrimination is £15,059, that is not the type of Christmas present you want to receive.
Employment legislation is there to protect employees from discrimination or unfair treatment. Employers need to ensure that they protect themselves from claims relating to harassment or bullying.
It is important to leave staff in no doubt as to what is and is not acceptable behaviour. Most importantly, make sure you follow a fair disciplinary process with those who behave inappropriately.
By choosing an appropriate venue, entertainment, moderating alcohol consumption and taking into consideration the needs of the employer and employee, your event will be a big success.
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