Christmas is a great time for celebrating the year's achievements and boosting staff morale. However, employers may face issues around staff behaviour at the office party and other work-related events, lateness or non-attendance at work, refusal to work overtime and competing holiday requests. Employers may also be considering whether or not to award a Christmas bonus.
We round up our resources that will help employers ensure that the Christmas period goes smoothly.
Audio and video
- Can an employer dock the pay of an employee who has arrived at work late the morning after the company Christmas party?
- How should employers treat the problem of employees not coming in to work on the day following a work-related social event?
- As Christmas is a Christian festival, can an employer still hold a Christmas party if some of its employees belong to other religions?
- What issues should employers take into account regarding the timing of a work-related social event such as a Christmas party?
- What can employers do to avoid problems arising from work-related social events?
- Can employers be held liable for harassment that takes place during a work-related social event?
- Should employers have written rules on work-related social events?
- What issues should employers take into account when organising the catering for work-related social events?
- What issues should employers take into account if inviting employees' partners to a work-related social event?
- Where an employer has provided employees with a Christmas hamper in previous years is it under any obligation to continue this practice?
- Is it ever permissible for an employer to withhold bonus payments?
- Is the company Christmas party a taxable benefit?
Policies and documents
- Statement to employees in advance of a Christmas party or similar work-related event
- Policy on work-related social events
- Fair dismissal of employee who refused to work extra hours before Christmas
- Unfair dismissal: zero compensation for zookeeper over Christmas party fight
- Dismissal for involvement in Christmas party "wrestling match" was fair
- Fair dismissal of employee who punched colleague after Christmas party
- Next employee unfairly dismissed for refusal to work Christmas Eve shift
- Benchmark your organisation's Christmas and New Year working arrangements against those of other employers
- Benchmark your organisation's Christmas staff celebrations against those of other employers
- Take steps to ensure acceptable conduct at work-related social events