As we head into the Christmas season, it is a great time to take stock and reflect on the year's achievements. It is also a good opportunity for employees to celebrate with their colleagues. However, employers need to bear in mind that things do not always run smoothly - problems can range from competing requests for time off to inappropriate staff behaviour at the office party. We provide a round-up of our Christmas resources to answer your HR questions on the festive period and help you ensure a problem-free Christmas for your organisation.
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- 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 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
- Vicarious liability: employer not liable for post-Christmas party assault
- 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